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With the Mediterranean coast just twenty five minutes in one direction and mountain walks fifteen minutes in the other, there is something for everyone during a stay at The Vines. In fact, with wine tasting, walks through the vineyards and swimming in the private pool you don't even need to leave the village. During August there is a festival in Autignac 5 days of eating, drinking and dancing into the wee small hours. Bastille Day on the 14 th July is celebrated in much the same way! But should you feel like doing something a little more active, here are a few suggestions.

 
         
      Things to do  
   


The Parc de Languedoc

Walking
Just fifteen minutes from The Vines at Autignac is the Regional Parc de Languedoc offering a range of walks (as undemanding or challenging as you like) among it's tree covered slopes and mountain gorges. A book in the house offers a variety of different routes in the surrounding area. There are also lovely walks around the vineyards and along the Canal du Midi to the south.

Cycling
The roads around the area are generally quiet and so excellent for cyclists. There are routes through the vineyards, mountain biking routes through the national park and again along the Canal du Midi.

 
         
   

Roquebrun is a centre for canoeing
Canoeing
There is an excellent canoe centre at Roquebrun (www.canoe-france.com), a beautiful village which is a lovely 40 minute drive away through the hills and vineyards. The centre offers a variety of packages, depending on your ability, but all involve a spectacular trip along the River Orb , w
ith beautiful views of the Gorge d' Herault.
 
         
   


The region has a variety of
excellent restaurants

 

Wine Tasting & Food
The Languedoc is the largest wine growing region in France. There are many wine routes to follow and Chateaux to visit for tastings, quite a few of which are within a pleasant stroll of the house. Faugeres & St-Chinian are the main wines produced from the local grapes. A book in the house gives much more detail on the local wine-makers and the wines themselves.

There are too many local wine producers to list here, but a few of those with websites include:

 
         
   


Local produce includes excellent
wine and seafood

The food of the local area is also excellent, and there are many delicious places to eat nearby, from simple village cafes to gourmet restaurants. The seafood in particular is fantastic in nearby towns such as Meze, Sete and Agde. Try Graham Tigg's Languedoc dining guide for more information and reviews.  
         
   


Ski in the Pyrenees at Les Angles

Skiing
The Pyrenees and the ski resorts of Les Angles and Font Romeau are a 2 hour drive away, and therefore easily reachable for a day on the pistes.

Swimming
Apart from your very own pool the Mediterranean lies about a 25 minute drive away to the south. There is a good mix of long unspoilt beaches such as Serignan Plage, small seaside towns with funfairs, cafes etc. like Valras le Plage and large, busy resorts like Cap d'Agde with water parks. There is also some beautiful swimming to be had in the rivers, for example at Murviel and Roquebrun and the area's mountain gorges like the Gorge D'Heric.

 
         
     

Boating
The beautiful Canal-du-Midi, which links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, passes through nearby Beziers. Boats can be hired for cruises from Villeneuve-du-Beziers.

 
         
   


See elephants at the safari park

Safari Park
In the lagoon & marsh-like land south of Narbonne is Sigean Safari Park, spread over 300 hectares and home to over 3800 animals (including lions, cheetahs, elephants, bears, giraffes and crocodiles) living in conditions similar to their natural habitat. The park is open 365 days a year.
 
         
      Sport  
   

The Languedoc is the
heartland of French rugby

Rugby: The area is a rugby union hotbed. The nearby club, Beziers, has passionate support and this is well worth a visit. The top clubs of Perpignan and Toulouse are also comfortably within reach.

Bullfighting: Although bullfighting is not to everyones' taste, the bull-fights at the Beziers arena are a great spectacle. Even without the bulls, the arena itself is impressive and well worth a look.

Golf: The nearest club is at Lamalou-les-bains, about a 20 minute drive away. There are another 20 or so courses in the region.

Water-sports: Apart from the beach the nearby Lac-de-Salagou offers a variety of water-sports, such as sailing and windsurfing.

 
         
     

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