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.
Diversity within walking Distance
It is a beautiful, rolling landscape decorated with hills and dales, valleys and peaks, rivers and streams. There are vineyards, woods and old villages dotted throughout. Copses of oak and pine are dotted everywhere contributing to an ever-changing annual show of deciduous versus evergreen. Depending on the time of year, walkers will typically pass alongside vineyards and fields of sunflower, poppies and barley and over rocky garrigue (scrub) outcrops, through country lanes and woods, past farms and crop fields, hamlets and villages.
Local walks afford magnificent views of the Malepère Massif and the Corbières region to the East, the spectacular Pyrenees to the South and the Montagne Noire and the Minervois to the North.
A popular Place for Wildlife
Also seasonal is the appearance of deer and wild boar, rabbits, hares and foxes crossing these same trails. Butterflies are everywhere, no matter what the time of year, thriving on the apparently random but certainly abundant fruit trees on these walks: apricot, apple, plum, cherry to name but a few. There are also many walnut and almond trees and blackberries hiding in the bramble-lined paths. Wild orchids thrive in this climate as do wild thyme, sage, lavender, rosemary, chives and juniper.
We do not claim to be birdspotters ourselves but we know that avid observers come back year after year to this area because of the sheer variety of birdlife here. Many types of birds of prey are always present soaring overhead.
The nearest airports are: Carcassonne (25 mins), Toulouse and Béziers (1¼ hour), Perpignan (1½ hour). It's advisable to hire your holiday car at the time of booking your tickets. Each of these airports provides car hire facilities.