The Montagne Noire, its lakes and hiking trails
The Montagne Noire in Aude
Located in south-west France, the Montagne Noire is a mountainous region in the Aude department of the Occitanie region. This region is characterized by its spectacular natural scenery, rich history and unique culture. From your campsite near Carcassonne, in Brousse et Villaret, go hiking in the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain)
Montagne Noire takes its name from the color of the fir forest that covers its mountains. The region is also home to numerous lakes, streams, waterfalls, caves and caverns, attracting large numbers of visitors every year in search of nature and tranquillity.
Known for its rich historical heritage, it has been inhabited by man since prehistoric times, and many traces of this presence are still visible today. The region was once a center of iron ore and coal production, and many towns and villages were built around these activities. Today, the old mines and associated buildings can still be seen, testifying to the importance of this industry in the region’s history.
The Montagne Noire is also famous for its churches and abbeys. Villelongue Abbey, founded in the 12th century, is one of the region’s most visited sites. This Benedictine abbey is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture, with its facade adorned with sculptures and capitals.
The Montagne Noire, a hiker’s paradise
The Montagne Noire is also a prime destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Hiking is very popular in the area, with many marked trails offering spectacular views of the mountains and valley below. The region’s lakes also offer numerous opportunities for water sports, including swimming, fishing and sailing.
- Signposted walks starting from the campsite. The Brousses et Villaret ETP association has invested a great deal of time and effort in creating, marking out and maintaining hiking trails and paths from the village to discover the local flora and fauna.
For more information: http: //associationetp11.e-monsite.com/pages/sentiers-de-randonnees/
- Other walks in the Montagne Noire: 17 circuits are listed on the Montagne Noire tourism website for walks in a wild and abundant nature offering magnificent landscapes.
Visit the Montagne Noire tourism website: http: //www.tourisme-montagnenoire.com/profiter/randonnees-en-montagne-noire
The Montagne Noire, its lakes and waterways
- Lac de Laprade in Cuxac Cabardès: walking, fishing and horse-riding on the banks of this1st category lake.
- Lac du Lampy at Saissac: a peaceful, shady lake, ideal for walks, close to the Rigole de la Montagne Noire, source of the Canal du Midi. Kayaking is also available. Authorized bathing is supervised in summer.
- Bassin de Saint Denis, just 4 km from the campsite, has trails easily accessible to the whole family, relaxing scenery and picnic tables. Swimming is not permitted, but this lake is very popular with local fishermen (1st category water body).
- The Saint Ferréol basin near Revel: a Unesco World Heritage site, it is a water reserve for the Canal du Midi. Its museum retraces the history of the project by Pierre Paul Riquet, inventor of the Canal du Midi. A real leisure center, you can stroll, eat and even take part in a wide range of activities (beaches, pedal boats, fishing, horse-riding, etc.). Supervised swimming in summer.
- Lac des Cammazes: ideal for hikers and mountain bikers, this site is surrounded by lush greenery. For fishing enthusiasts, this lake is teeming with pike, pike-perch, perch, chub and brown trout!
- Lac des Montagnès: near Mazamet, a water sports base with inflatable games, beach, restaurants, etc.
- The Cubserviès waterfall
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