The Razès is a canton (rural area) in the Aude département of Occitanie (formerly the Languedoc Roussillon region). It's about 90 km inland of the Mediterranean coast, 90 km north of the Pyrenees and just 25 minutes south of Carcassonne.

The Razès Gîtes are based in the heart of the Pays Cathare (Cathar country). Every year, the Cathar heritage attracts hundreds and thousands of visitors who want to come and experience the châteaux that served as the last dizzying strongholds of the Cathars before they eventually succumbed to the papal crusade against them. Many individuals feel a curious sense of inner quiet and reverence when visiting some of the famous castles such as Montségur, Carcassonne, Lastours, Quéribus and Peyreperteuse.

Jo organises half-day and full-day guided tours for those who want to tune into the Cathar experience.

We have put this brief guide together in response to the many and varied questions we have had from guests which all boil down essentially to the same thing, namely, what is there to do in the Razès? This draws from their and our experiences and attempts to pull together a small number of attractions that are available in or close to the Razès area.

The Razès Gîtes are based in a small rural village and, as such, there is no commerce here - just blissful peace. Amenities are close by and you may want to sample a little of what else the local area has to offer during your stay here.

A brief overview of just a few of the possible routes for you to experience during your time in the Razès.