Lagrasse is unavoidable during a stay in Corbières. Ranked among the "Most Beautiful Villages of France", its cobbled streets lead from the medieval halls towards the banks of the Orbieu, at the foot of its famous abbey. Young and old will find their happiness here, between discovering monuments, swimming in the river, relaxation at the coffee terrace or restaurant, shopping in shops et artisan workshops, shopping at market saturday morning, walks or bike rides...
Lagrasse, medieval gem
The road which leads to Lagrasse from Lézignan-Corbières offers changing landscapes. Little by little, the vines give way to the first reliefs of the Corbières. We go up the course of the Orbieu by following the road which climbs on a hill. At the bend of a bend, Lagrasse reveals, medieval gem nestled in the hollow of the valley where the river crossed by a stone bridge connecting it to its majestic abbey.
In Lagrasse, we take our time
Lagrasse is discovered walk. medieval alleys lend themselves to wandering and we go from surprise to surprise. Theabbey and the Medieval city but also 15 buildings are protected under Historical monuments. A signposted route allows the visitor to discover the riches of the village. Look for the signs indicating the way to follow.
- Mandatory parking in one of the P1, P2 or P3 car parks at the entrance to Lagrasse.
- Parking is paying from 10 a.m. to 00 p.m. : 0.50 € per hour or 3 € per day.
- The P1 and P2 car parks have a charging station for electric car.
- To come to Lagrasse by public transport, go to the site MESS and consult the information on the line 406.
The ideal way to discover Lagrasse is to call on Carlos, guide and lecturer but also inhabitant of the village!
For photo lovers, the setting is ideal! Since 1986, Lagrasse has also been ranked among the "Most beautiful villages in France". The numbers restaurants and cafes are also an invitation to enjoy the place serenely ...
Those who are simply a little hungry will also find their happiness, for example at Coupa Talen ("Talen" means “hunger” in Occitan).
Saturday, it's market in the halls
Lagrasse is a lively and welcoming village. Under the halls from the XNUMXth century, an authentic Saturday morning market. The opportunity to shop for local products in a lively local atmosphere where the accent of the country resonates.
Local produce shops and wine merchants also make it possible to delight gourmets. Visit for example Cyril Codina in his famous vinegar factory. It's hard not to fall for one of his tasty creations!
Arts and crafts in Lagrasse
Lagrasse is also famous for its shops et artisan workshops of art. The medieval city of Lagrasse has been listed since 2004 "Cities and Crafts". Ceramics, leather goods, violin making, jewelry, sewing, stained glass… There is something for everyone! Ideal to have fun and bring back some remembrances that can be completed with local products to find in the shops of the village.
Bathing at the foot of the abbey
Your steps will lead you gently towards the banks of the Orbieu river. Summer a bathing area is located opposite the abbey. Perfect to refresh itself before going to visit it!
Swimming at the foot of the abbey
Visit of the Abbey of Lagrasse
Impossible to leave without having visited Lagrasse Abbey. It offers an exceptional set of buildings from the XIIth to the XVIIIth century, evoking the places and moments of monastic life: abbey palace, dormitories, bakery, cloister ... It is now divided into two parts: a public part belonging to the department of Aude and a private party, where a community of canons lives. The two sets can be visited separately.
Good to know !
The abbey (public part) also houses The House of Banquet and Generations, a cultural center dedicated to books and thought. Meet at the bookshop-bistro Le nom de l'homme to learn more about yourself and discuss things in a most pleasant setting.
The Heritage House
Another must-see in Lagrasse, The Heritage Housepresents an exhibition devoted to the architectural, ethnographic and artistic heritage of Lagrassien. Former presbytery with painted coffered ceilingsfrom the XIIIth to the early XVIth century and an exhibition “Forgotten Images of the Middle Ages”. It also houses the Lagrasse tourist information office.
And still lots of activities!
The surroundings are also conducive to hiking or cycling. In short, all the ingredients are there for a great stay!