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Mouthoumet - built from the stones of the south

The little village of Mouthoumet is found in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon, in the south of France. With its narrow streets and houses built from ancient stones, Mouthoumet epitomises this inland region of the south, unassuming, peaceful and seemingly little changed over centuries. The landscapes around Mouthoumet include the vineyards of the Corbières wine region and rocky scrubland rich with wild lavender and rosemary. The latter are filled with herds of goats that produce the excellent cheese AOC Pélardon.

Mysterious connection

Mouthoumet lies close to Rennes les Châteaux, which draws many visitors all keen to try to solve the age old mystery connected with the Cathars, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail. There are some researchers who believe that there is a connection between this mystery and Mouthoumet, as the little village church possesses the fourteen stations of the cross that are remarkably similar to those of Saunière's Mary Magdalene Church in Rennes les Châteaux. Whether there is a connection or not, the little church is very beautiful, with its rustic stone interior and religious artwork.

Amenities in Mouthoumet

Mouthoumet is tiny, but it does have a few useful village amenities. It has a school, and there is also a small general store for basic provisions, a bakery, a post office, a petrol station and a café. Larger shops and facilities are found nearby at Couiza (25 minutes), Quillan and Limoux (40 minutes).

Out and about

There are many places of interest to visit in the region, and these include, of course, Rennes les Châteaux with its centuries old mysteries. Rennes les Bains is a small spa town with natural hot springs and a great swimming pool, handy for entertaining the kids on those long, hot summer days. The fairytale city of Carcassonne is just 70 kilometres away, and both the Mediterranean coast and the ski resorts of the Pyrénéan Mountains are near enough for sports and days out. Fans of white water and adventure sports will find lots of fun to be had near Mouthoumet, with rushing rivers for canoeing, rafting and canyoning.

How to get there

It's quite easy to get to Mouthoumet from the UK as the travel links to the area are well established. Ryanair provides a very good budget service to Carcassonne and Perpignan, whist there are several airlines flying from the UK into Toulouse and Montpellier, including easyJet, bmibaby, flybe, British Airways and Jet2. Train travel is also possible as there are TGV stations at Toulouse and Montpellier, and a station at Carcassonne. A car is a necessity here, though, as the village lies in a rural area by the D613, the nearest major auto routes being the A9 and A61. Driving from the northern ferry ports can be done in a round twelve hours.

Property prices and availability in and around Mouthoumet

The Aude, especially the smaller towns and villages that lie inland, offer some interesting properties at very reasonable prices. Character properties abound, many with fantastic views, and unlike in some areas there are still realistically priced renovation projects to be found.

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Mouthoumet AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Mouthoumet?

Mouthoumet is situated in the south of France, close to the Pyrénéan Mountains. It lies in the south of the Aude department.

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Population: 160

Access: By air: Fly to Carcassonne, Perpignan, Toulouse or Montpellier. By rail: There is a TGV station at Montpellier, and another at Toulouse. By road: Mouthoumet lies between the A61 and A9, just off the D613.

Economy: The economy is mainly concerned with the production of goats' cheese.

Interesting fact: Some people consider that there is a connection between Mouthoumet and the mystery of Rennes les Châteaux.


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