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A mosaic of environments

From the highest gorges in Europe, through the red soil and terraced vineyards, the enigmatic plateaus and Pech, the fields of poppies, the valleys and wooded massifs or the garrigue, thesounds and colors of nature never fail to be at the rendezvous in Limouxin!”


The vines

with star-shaped leaves and twisted feet
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You can’t come to Limouxin and not see the vine!”

Present throughout the territory, it offers linear and ordered landscapes in natural settings, which varies with the seasons and colors the slopes of the pech, and the edges of roads and paths.

A real wealth of the territory, it is the result of a quality know-how, recognized by AOCs, especially for the famous Blanquette de Limoux, crémants and many other refined wines that will delight your taste buds, with moderation.

For all that, it remains a microcosm of marked biodiversity, especially since a large part of the culture is organic or reasoned. It is not uncommon to observe a large number of animals: rabbits and birds of all kinds, frogs, empuse and other insects, pacing the green corridors. Keep your eyes peeled!

The Pyrenees

imposing and majestic

Catch a glimpse of height and the Pyrenees range is there on the horizon.

A mineral colossus and a giant of stone, the vision of these mountains in the distance is a beautiful lesson in humility for the philosopher and a grandiose spectacle for the contemplative, in summer as well as in winter when the snow-capped peaks can be seen from far, far away.

The range is in fact visible just about everywhere on the territory but is particularly appreciated at sunrise and sunset when the colors of the sky take on colorful hues, and even more so from the top of the Pics et Pech, notably Bugarach. Or from the hamlet of Saint-Salvayre, in Alet-les-Bains, where when the visibility is good, you can even see the Canigou!”

There are many viewpoints, the Tourist Office team can direct you according to your wishes and preferences: hikes, villages, wine estates…

Forest environments

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Do you feel like thumbing your nose at the Limoux sun, and getting cool under the shade of trees?

No worries! A good part of the territory is covered by forest environments, very varied depending on the altitude and the type of soil. Under the forest massif of the Malepère, the garrigue holm oak, the box tree, or the cedar and the plane tree, you can easily find the shelter of a vegetal roof.

The opportunity moreover of beautiful walks to observe the numerous species that line our territory but also all the richness of the fauna and flora that they shelter. The department of Aude is moreover one of the richest in terms of plant biodiversity and no less than 40% of its territory is covered by Sensitive Natural Spaces.

Numerous trails take you to discover the nature of Limoux such as the Sentier des Plos, in Greffeil, which allows you to enjoy a walk in the fresh air, by the water and under the trees, with illustrated panels to understand the species and environments.

The Peaks

and Pechs

In Limouxin, you will often hear about the “Pechs”, derived from the Occitan.

Pech de Bugarach, Pech Cardou, Pic de Brau… They are significant in the Limoux landscape and legends, sometimes simple rocky peaks, sometimes refuge of the end of the world, sometimes telluric node, sometimes landing strip for UFOs. And sometimes even all at once!”

They are also and above all beautiful playgrounds for occasional hikers as well as the most athletic. But also superb observation spots for the avifauna, very rich in the area!

The department of Aude hosts no less than 182 species of nesting birds, making it the best endowed territory in France.

The Vulture Observatory, at the foot of the Pech de Bugarach, equipped with a long open-air view, allows, for example, to observe and understand these majestic gliders, thanks to explanatory panels.

The Red Marls

suprising and exotic

At the bend in a road or a path you come across a Western landscape? Don’t panic, you are still in Limouxin, and you are looking at the Terres rouges.

Their amazing coloring is explained by the fact that the marls are more or less loaded with iron, which when oxidizing, give a powerful reddish coloring, all the more visible as vegetation has difficulty clinging to them. Erosion ripples, mini canyons, and rock slides give them a look worthy of Wild West landscapes.

These rocks were formed more than 65 million years ago in swamps and under a tropical climate. In addition to their singular color, this type of soil is also remarkablebecause it has yielded dinosaur eggsas well as other fossils,some of which are on display at the Dinosaur Museum in Esperaza.

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©Red Earth

And the sky...

Between contemplation and plenitude

And the sky… Sometimes azure blue, sometimes gold and red, sometimes tormented with shades of gray and white… The sky often paints a magnificent, if not impressive, spectacle that sublimates the landscapes and confirms the legends.

With the sound of the rooster, cicadas or owl, thunder or wind, the sky completes the picture of your nature immersion in Limouxin.

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