Discover the 13 must-see places to visit around Gruissan, in the Aude department

1. The Sigean African Reserve

The Sigean African Reserve, located near Gruissan, is an animal park where visitors can observe wild animals such as lions, giraffes, rhinos and even elephants. It is a unique experience to see these animals evolve in semi-natural environments.

2. The medieval village of Lagrasse

The charming medieval village of Lagrasse, located around Gruissan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through its cobbled streets and discover its 8th-century Benedictine abbey, as well as artisan shops and regional gastronomic delights in its local restaurants.

3. The 9 locks from Fonsérannes to Béziers

The Fonsérannes locks in Béziers, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, are a remarkable hydraulic complex made up of nine locks allowing boats to overcome a height difference of 21.5 meters. Enjoy beautiful, peaceful walks along the shaded banks of the Canal du Midi.

4. The city of Carcassonne

The famous medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, will immediately immerse you in a medieval atmosphere. Explore its impressive ramparts and pretty cobbled streets for an unforgettable experience for history and architecture lovers.

5. Paraza Castle

In the heart of the Corbières vineyards, the 18th century Château de Paraza is a renowned wine estate. Admire its impressive architecture and discover its cellars renowned for the production of quality wine during visits and tastings.

6. The village of Bages

Discover the authentic atmosphere of a fishing village by visiting the village of Bages, next to Gruissan. Stroll along the quays, enjoy fresh seafood at local restaurants, and admire the area’s distinctive white houses.

7. Visiting the wine cellars

Take advantage of your stay around Gruissan to discover the secrets of Mediterranean viticulture by visiting the region’s wine cellars. Learn all about winemaking techniques and taste local wines in historic cellars on sunny vineyards.

8. The castle of Ventenac-en-Minervois

The Château de Ventenac-en-Minervois, located on the banks of the Canal du Midi, is a splendid 13th century wine estate. Visit the castle, discover its history during guided tours and taste the region’s renowned quality wines.

9. Capestang and its church

The charming medieval village of Capestang, along the Canal du Midi, is renowned for its 13th century Romanesque church. Explore its streets lined with medieval houses, admire its magnificent stained glass windows and sculptures, and immerse yourself in a spiritual and soothing atmosphere.

10. Narbonne and its historic center

The historic town of Narbonne, just 20 minutes from Gruissan by car, is full of narrow, winding streets lined with medieval houses, authentic squares and lively cafes. Enjoy beautiful walks, discover the artisanal shops and explore the city’s traditional markets.

11. Fontfroide Abbey

Fontfroide Abbey, a jewel of 12th century Cistercian architecture, is surrounded by vineyards and offers an immersive experience in the spirituality of the region. Discover its preserved cloisters, its peaceful gardens and immerse yourself in its fascinating history.

12. The Saint Lucia nature reserve

Just 15 minutes from Gruissan, the Sainte-Lucie nature reserve offers you the opportunity to explore hiking trails surrounded by abundant flora and fauna. Enjoy this haven of preserved biodiversity and discover a wide variety of species of birds, plants and fish.

13. The castle of Villerouge-Termenès

The Château de Villerouge-Termenès, from the 12th century, immerses you in the medieval history of the region. Admire its imposing towers, its fortified walls and enjoy panoramic views of the Corbières landscapes during your visit.

Experience the gentle Mediterranean way of life and discover the natural beauty of the region around Gruissan and in the Aude department. Between cultural activities, wine tastings, picturesque villages and preserved landscapes, your stay will be unforgettable!