Rue du Cabanot, Lapradelle, France.

Rue du Cabanot, Lapradelle.

Places to visit.  Things to do.
Lapradelle lies on the boundary between the Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales. It is ideally located for exploring this part of France - the coastline, the Pyrenean ridge, the Minervois plain, the Corbieres hills or the Ariege region to the west.  Let's take them in turn.

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You must first have a look at the little tourist train which stops at Lapradelle on its way from Axat towards Rivesaltes.  where you will find the route and timetable.  Dropping off at villages en route makes a very pleasant day out - without the driving!  We're flattered that they took the central picture from very near your house.


Carcassonne is wonderful. It is the largest fortified medieval city in Europe and one of the two or three most visited places in France. It stands magnificent on its hill 150 metres about the river Aude. Restored in the 19th. century, it is a dream of the perfect medieval city with its three kilometres of ramparts, thirty-five defensive towers, its moat, Viscount's castle and basilica.

The 'old' city has some interesting shops and good restaurants. The 'new' town lies in the plain and offers all entertainments, music, theatre, museums and sports facilities. 

To the east.

Three superb Cathar castles on the way towards the coast, Puilaurens, Peyrepertuse and Queribus.

The city of Perpignan

The beautiful town of Ceret with its modern art museum, lovely scenery and excellent market

The many coastal resorts, Canet, St. Cyprien, Argeles and Banyuls sur Mer

Your neighbouring village, Caudies de Fenouilledes. Follow the footpath at the end of Rue du Cabanot and walk to it down the valley.

The castle and church at Castelnou

The home of the oldest European(?), Tautavel

The artistic coastal town of Collioure

The cathedral town of Elne

Several abbeys in the area.

Many other castles in the Corbieres hills and elsewhere.

To the south.

The Pyrenean range

The ski slopes in the Cerdagne.

The attractive towns of Prades and Vernet les Bains

Villefranche de Conflent where you can catch 'le train jaune', the yellow tourist train which takes you to Font Romeu and beyond.

To the west.

You pass the water-sports centre at Axat and go through the gorges towards Quillan.  Further on, you come to the magnificent castle at Foix

The castle at Montsegur whiere the Cathars made one of their last stands.

You are now in the Ariege, very rural with wild scenery.  It repays exploration.

To the north.

The medieval town of Ales les Bains

The dinosaur museum at Esperaza

The attractive town of Limoux on the river Aude.

The strange village of Rennes le Chateau, Dan Brown country.

Rennes les Bains in the Corbieres.

The abbey at Lagrasse.  Good restaurants.  A beautiful town.

Montolieu, the village of books.

The Canal du Midi.  Not to be missed.  A world heritage site.  A boat trip is leisurely, relaxing and convivial.

Markets and sports.

There are many markets in the area, all worth going to.  Also jumble sales or vide-greniers which are very varied and interesting, possible sources of bargains.

There are also many golf courses, one of the loveliest being at Carcassonne.

Apart from its wonderful walking and mountaineering country, there are few sporting facilities near Lapradelle.  Visitors go to the water-sports centre near Axat and have very favourable reports of it.  There is canoeing also at Quillan.  The seaside resorts, Canet, St. Cyprien, Argeles etc. offer all the facilities one would want.  It is an easy drive down to the coast.  Note the aquapark near St. Cyprien.,saint_cyprien.html

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