Tour Magdala, Rennes Le Chateau

Pic du Tarbesou

Pic du Tarbesou

Mt Bugurach and Rennes le Chateau from the Roof Terrace

La Cite, Carcassonne

Street performers at Esperaza Sunday Market

Sunset picnic

Cave painting at Niaux

Rafting

Canal du Midi in summer

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

So what to do between yoga classes? We have tried to make Sanotosha as comfortable as possible, so you are quite welcome just to stay in our tranquil environment. The terraces and garden are at you disposal. Or…

There are many interesting things to see and do around us. Here are just a few of them:

GET A MASSAGE WITH GILLIAN

Gillian was a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Louisiana, and she offers Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, or Aromatherapy Massage.  She has a diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapies in the UK (1999), and is Reiki Level II.  Please inquire when you arrive.

LOCAL WALKING TRAILS 

There are many walking trails around the village that take you through the vineyards. Up to 10km.

SUNSET PICNIC

If it’s a clear evening, a 8 min walk behind Santosha takes you to a high point where there is almost a 360 degree view. A wonderful place to enjoy your evening meal and watch the sunset,  hopefully with a pink sky.

RENNES LE CHATEAU

The village that can be seen from our roof terrace. Built on an ancient site of a major Visigoth population centre, the village is famous for the strange wealth and behaviour of the Priest Berenger Sauniere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennes-le-Ch%C3%A2teau

http://www.renneslechateau.nl/mystery-of-rennes-le-chateau/

PIC DE BUGARACH

Can also been seen from our roof terrace, there are many legends and mysteries surrounding this mountains. It is 2hr climb to the amazing view from the top.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic_de_Bugarach

http://www.philipcoppens.com/bugarach.html

RENNES LES BAINS

These thermal springs have been in use for over 2000 years for therapeutic healing. There are areas where the hot springs go direct into the river. There is also a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a Hammam (steam room).

http://www.midi-france.info/030605_renneslb.htm

THE LABYRINTH

Natural pathways through a maze of limestone features that are straight out of a fairytale. This site was also a meeting place for pre-historic tribes.  This is the Harp tree (left).

GORGES DES GALAMUS

Walk or drive though the steep gorges, and climb down to see the Hermitage built into the rocks. River swimming is good here too. Ranked #2 of 126 Attractions in Pyrenees Orientales by Trip Advisor.

http://www.gorgesdegalamus.fr/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1774988-d2236233-Reviews-Gorges_de_Galamus-Pyrenees_Orientales_Languedoc_Roussillon.html

ESPERAZA SUNDAY MARKET

The most colourful market in the area by far. Local produce such as cheese, honey, bread, and a farmers market, with interesting stalls selling everything from incense and clothes from India, to crystals and musical instruments from all over the world. There are usually 2 or 3 different musicians, and quite often street performers.  See pictures in slider above.

THE CATHAR CASTLES

The remains of these castles can be seen all over the Aude, all of which are worth a visit. Our favourites Queirbus, Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens, Puivert and Montsegur.

The Cathars, were an early Gnostic Christian sect, who ate no animal products (except fish), were non – violent, and very yogic like.  Their fascinating history involves persecution as heretics by the Roman Catholic Church, and a crusade against them.  The only crusade against other Chritsians, the Cathars were massacred and wiped out by the end of the 14th cent.

http://www.catharcastles.info/queribus.php?key=queribus

LA CITE

Close to the more modern City of Carcassonne, La Cite is the largest of the Cathar Castles and also the largest medieval walled city in Europe. It has been extensively restored in the mid 1800’s and is now a big tourist attraction. Full of history, it’s tiny narrow streets are filled with restaurants and little shops. There are also jousting tournaments during the summer months.

http://www.carcassonne.culture.fr/

WINE TASTING

We are surrounded by vineyards, and many of them have their own outlets where you can taste wine and sometimes get a tour of the vines themselves.

RIVER SWIMMING

River swimming the Gorges de Galamus.  Can be combined with the visit to the Gorges and the Hermitage.

RIVER and OTHER SPORTS

Within easy reach (by car) there is rafting, canyoning, hydrospeed, kayaking, archery and Accrobranche .

http://www.laforgedequillan.fr/

THE CAVES AT NIAUX

Niaux cave

Some of the best prehistoric cave paintings, around 13,500 year old. This has been one of the most popular excursions among our yoga retreat participants. Approximately 1hr 45min by car.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_of_Niaux

PIC DU TARBESOU

Michelle pic du Tarbesou

In the Pyrenees Mountains. About 1 1/2 hrs drive to the base of the Pic (peak), and about 2hrs to climb and come down. You can also climb down to the lakes if you are into hiking. The Pic is 2364 mts hight (7723 ft), and stunningly beautiful at the top on a clear day.

THE CANAL DU MIDI

This amazing network of canals is 365km long and a World Heritage Site built between 1667 and 1694.  You can take a boat trip through the many locks and under bridges, as it runs through the centre of major towns, vineyards and old villages.  Booking in advance is recommended.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/770

carcassonne - le theatre

CARCASSONNE FESTIVAL

One of the largest festivals in France takes place from mid June to the beginning of August.  With around 120 performances of  popular music (French and International)and classic music, dance, theatre and opera.  Most performances take place in the auditorium within the walls of La Cite., and more than 2/3 are free.

http://www.festivaldecarcassonne.fr/en

 

 

We are constantly finding more new and interesting things to do.

 

LINKS

Interesting information about France, including car hire: http://www.france-voyage.com/en/