Visit Lagrasse (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
In the valley of the River Orbieu, Lagrasse is in the foothills of the Pyrenees in a region renowned for the wine produced in the surrounding hills - this is the Corbieres wine region, the largest wine-producing region in France.
Lagrasse is an attractive village, and dates from the time the abbey was built - permission for the construction was given by Charlemagne in 783.
The two 'highlights' of the village are perhaps the Abbey and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.
Several beautiful houses can be seen, especially around the central square in Lagrasse. The central square also houses a covered hall, giving the artists even more opportunities to display their works...
The village is now home to numerous pottery workers and artists, attracted by the place itself and the renowned natural light of the region.
To visit the fortress you cross the river by bridge (there are two attractive bridges, one dating from 1303). The fortress is in good condition and still has its 'donjon' (keep/dungeon) tower intact.
When you tire of art galleries and medieval architecture you can sit in the shade of a plane tree and enjoy a pleasant drink as you watch the world (largely other tourists) go by. Then, now recuperated from the hot southern France sun, you should now walk up the road towards Narbonne and see the view of Lagrasse from the hill. Beautiful.
In the summer you can cool off by swimming in the river at Lagrasse. In winter perhaps not!
The area around Lagrasse is best known for its historical struggles, such as those suffered by the cathars in the region. This history is perhaps best seen in the magnificent fortified town at Carcassonne, and we also recommend you visit one or two of the cathar castles such as those at Chateau Peyrepertuse and Chateau Quéribus, our personal favourites.
If you plan to visit the Mediterranean coast to the east, Leucate is one of the most popular resorts in the region and just under one hour drive from Lagrasse.
Photos of Lagrasse
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Tourist classifications for Lagrasse
Lagrasse is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Lagrasse, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, 11220 || GPS: latitude 43.09, longitude 2.6197
Map of Lagrasse & places nearby
Highlights close by
Fontfroide Abbey 23km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Lagrasse, France
- Abbaye de Fontfroide (Narbonne) - religious monument (22km)
- Carcassonne City - grand site of france (24km)
- Carcassonne - heritage site (25km)
- African reserve of Sigean - zoo or wildlife park (27km)
- Gorges de Galamus - site of natural beauty (30km)
- Minerve - most beautiful village (31km)
- Limoux - recommended detour (33km)
- Gouffre de Cabrespine - site of natural beauty (33km)
- Narbonne - secteur sauvegarde (33km)
The French version of this page is at Lagrasse (Francais)