Tigaïa is situated 520 meters above sea level, high up on the southern slopes of the Montagne Noire which overlooks the Aude valley and Carcassonne. Walks in the area have breathtaking views of the Pyrenees, Mount Canigou or the Pech de Bugarach. The streams and lakes of the Montagne Noire feed the famous Canal Du Midi.
The village of Saint-Denis, which is a 200 m walk from the house, was built as a Bastide (grid plan village). It was created under Louis XIV as a spa town where people came to take the pure mountain air. It is located in the center of the Occitanie region, and at the confluence of three climatic zones: mountainous to the north, Atlantic to the west and Mediterranean in the south and east.
Because of this, the vegetation and the landscapes are incredibly varied and change every few kilometers : lakes and rivers, caves and chasms, forests of giant conifers or holm oaks, garrigues, vines … This rich natural heritage makes the area ideal for exploring, with activities for all ages and tastes (see Activities).
Historically, you are in the heart of the Pays Cathare, which is peppered with castles and ruins. Lastours, “the citadels of vertigo”, is a short drive away. 5km from the house, visitors can lose themselves in the narrow streets of the village of Saissac, with its stunning Cathare castle and the attractive Lac du Lampy. The village also has some of the finest panoramic views of the Pyrenees. The Abbey of Villelongue and its medieval gardens are not far away.
On the road south, 6 km and 200 meters below, is the must-see village of Montolieu.
“The village of books and the arts” stretches between two Mediterranean gorges and is home to no less than 15 bookshops, galleries, a Contemporary Art Foundation, the Manufacture Royale (former royal sheet factory) with its artis’s workshops, concerts and festivals.
Down on the valley floor, the UNESCO-listed Canal Du Midi winds its way from Narbonne to Toulouse. Lined with plain trees, its walking and cycle path is punctuated by ginguettes (small bars and restaurants) and ports where you can hire boats without a license. In the center of the valley stands the famous medieval city of Carcassonne (Unesco World Heritage Site).
Carcassonne is 25 minutes away: golf, airport, railway station, (Barcelona two hours by high speed train). Toulouse Blagnac Airport, 75 mins by car. Castres / Mazamet airport is to 40 mn away. Narbonne train station is a 45 mn drive. The Mediterranean Beaches are 75 mn away ; Montpellier and Spain less than 2 h away. Beaches and Pyrenees, 1 hour.