Only 7km from Thezan des Corbieres is the village of St Laurent de la Cabrerisse, this village has a beautiful river where locals and tourists swim in the warm months. The river is deep but has shallow areas too and even has a ford where young children can paddle. The riverbank is a lovely picnic area with barbques for the public to use. Just 16 km from Thezan is the medieval village of Ribaute, also with a huge river (see photos), and a further 3 km onwards will take you to Lagrasse where the river is dammed during the summer months so you can swim in the shadow of the ancient Abbey. 'Wild' swimming has become very popular and to have these three beautiful rivers so very close to the gites is wonderful.
The rivers are not only used for swimming, there is also kayaking & canoeing - real adventures. You can be met at the end of your trip by a coach and taken back to the starting point and the journey can be of a distance of your choice.
We have 50 km of unspoilt, clean beaches protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral. If you prefer to do more than sunbathe or swim when at the sea, and if diving is more to your liking, there are many locations on our coastline that will be of interest. There are shipwrecks and also abundant marine life in the Etangs and the coral reefs are unspoilt - one is even on the 'green list' of remarkable sites.
Sailing and Windsurfing are also extremely popular, sailing boats can be hired all along the coast and La Franqui is a very good place to visit for both Windsurfing and Kite Surfing. If you like the excitement of these sports you might like to visit the FlyZone in Lezignan near the motorway exit - if you don't want to participate it is almost as exciting watching others experience 'bodyflying' in their simulator. (Suitable for ages 7 - 97). The same small airfield offers Tandem parachuting and Sky Diving plus flights over the Corbieres with your own personal pilot.
The Regional Nature Park of Narbonne is unique and one of the last great unspoilt natural sites of this magnitude and diversity bordering the Mediterranean. It is home to a rich biodiversity of exceptional flora and fauna, natural areas, landscapes of vineyards, towns and villages. Nearly 200 km of trails, divided into 30 loops, are available to walkers at all levels.
This area also boasts an incredible variety of biotopes from craggy limestone hills inland down to reed beds and coastal lagoons; it has dry prairies and a limestone plateau at Leucate. This makes it home to one of France's most diverse range of birdlife with nearly 400 out of the 950 species of birds observed in Western Europe present in the Narbonnaise Regional Nature Park, one third of these are protected species. Just some of the birds that can be seen are listed below; Spring is a particularly good time of year with plenty of birds nesting and others passing through on their way North.
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Black eared Wheatear
Black Winged Stilt
Slender Billed Gulls
Yelkouan and Cory's Shearwater
There is no more beautiful place to follow your own particular sporting interest and our wonderful climate ensures that, at all times of the year, there is something for everyone to enjoy.