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Caunes Minervois - a village of mediaeval charm

Caunes Minervois is a small village of immense charm that lies in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France. The village has many attractions including its architectural heritage and also its natural heritage, and its delightful location not far from the Mediterranean Sea in a beautiful wine region makes it one of the most sought after locations in the Aude.

Sights to see

Caunes Minervois offers a number of important sights. The stunning Romanesque Abbey of St Peter and St Paul is perhaps the most significant, but also well worth discovering are the red marble quarries and workshops, old fortifications, the houses with their Renaissance and Gothic facades, the winding streets and the original lavoirs, or public wash houses/laundries. The whole village is extremely picturesque.

Basic amenities available as well as weekly markets

Caunes Minervois, although not large, is well equipped with basic shops and services, and also boasts a few good restaurants. The village hosts traditional markets three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Go on a vineyard and wine-tasting tour

The Mediterranean Sea with its well documented pleasures and resorts is just an hour's drive away, but there are plenty of equally lovely attractions just on the doorstep of the village. The Minervois is a great wine region, and vineyard tours and tastings are always a good diversion.

Sporting activities on offer

The walking and horse-riding trails in the Montagne Noir are excellent all year round, while the nearby gorges of the Aude are fantastic for adventure sports enthusiasts, offering the opportunity to try rock climbing, white water rafting, canyoning and kayaking in the most spectacular of surroundings.

Visit beautiful Lagrasse

Local towns and villages worth a visit include the magical walled city of Carcassonne, the Cathar town of Béziers, the market town of Limoux and the picture book pretty Lagrasse, documented as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

How to get there

Getting to the area is easy and cheap, as there are several airports nearby, the nearest being Carcassonne and Béziers. Carcassonne is served by Ryanair and Béziers by Ryanair and Flybe. Montpellier, Perpignan and Toulouse are also within reach. The TGV also runs to the same towns making rail travel a viable alternative. Drivers will find Caunes Minervois not far from the main A61 auto route, from the D115/D620 roads.

Property prices and availability in and around Caunes Minervois

Caunes Minervois offers a rich variety of property types and prices, with village houses beginning at around 99,000 Euros and more luxurious properties of both modern and ancient construction for higher budgets. Lesser known villages in the region yet close to Caunes Minervois can offer even lower prices.

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Caunes Minervois AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Caunes Minervois?

Caunes Minervois is situated in the central south of France. It lies in the north of the Aude department, close to the border with Hérault.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AUDE

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Population: 1,598


Access: By air: Fly to Carcassonne or Béziers. By rail: The TGV takes you to both Carcassonne and Béziers. By road: If driving, the village is located from the D115/D620, near the A61 auto route.


Economy: The economy is based on tourism and agriculture (wine, olives and almonds). Historically (and to a lesser extent today), marble also has importance.


Interesting fact: Caunes Minervois has long been known for the superb red marble produced there.

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