Revel amidst the ramparts of Carcassonne, lose yourself in a starry sky or navigate the locks on the Canal du Midi... this road to the south will take you through city escapes, stylish aperitifs, rural vineyard retreats and exhilarating road trips. When in Bordeaux, an exploration of its illustrious listed châteaux is a must, before heading for Occitanie and Cathar Country. After a stop-off in the famous medieval citadel, it’s off to the coast to find some great diving spots! Take a short trip around the magnificent Castellet de Perpignan for some shopping set to sing-song accents, before escaping to the nearby summits of the Pyrenees.... Read Moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. The Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez is a private 19th century mansion, driven by two ambassadors of excellence, at the service of the arts. The art of hospitality is showcased by the six elegant guest rooms inspired by Napoleon III style. Culinary arts are embodied by the exceptional cuisine of Pierre Gagnaire. The art of Great Wines, with a wine list unique in the world, boasting 259 positions including 172 Grands Crus Classés, is perfectly aligned to the remarkable signature dishes of the Chef with new creations around local products. The journey continues with contemporary art at the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, across the street, with the permanent exhibition of works from the collection of the owner. ... Learn moreless
Four creative entrepreneurs created this unusual new place with trendy decor and original cocktails. It is definitely a must-see for any trip to Bordeaux. Symbiose 4, Quai des Chartrons 33000 Bordeaux
See Bordeaux in a new light. Travel by moto across the winding roads through the vinyards. Showcasing the passion and lifestyle of winemaking, your journey takes you to a classified Grand Cru of Saint-Emilion for a wine cellar tour and to enjoy a prepared lunch.
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. The first walls of the château were built in the 13th century and the first vines were planted 400 years ago. Established as a Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855, this prestigious estate has been renovated by Maison Lalique, who has breathed refinement and modernity into the space, creating a haven of peace where the worlds of crystal and wine intertwine. The rooms and suites reflect this elegant universe and offer a striking view over the property’s vineyards. Macerations, infusions, crystallisations — wine is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the subtle and chiseled cuisine of chef Jérôme Schilling. In the restaurant’s four wine cellars, 350,000 bottles are housed, including the Grands Crus Classés of Bordeaux. ... Learn moreless
Stretching across nearly 2,000 hectares (4,950 acres), the Sauternes appellation is one of the finest in the wine-making industry and in Bordeaux. An inseparable companion for fois gras, the sweet amber-yellow wine got its reputation from the illustrious Château d’Yquem. To wander through the vineyard...Read More less
In the village of Bommes, take a canoe or a kayak down the Ciron River that feeds into the Garonne River. It’s a fun and one-of-a-kind way to paddle through and explore this gorgeous part of the Sauternes region. Perfect for anyone who loves outdoor activities!
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Protected by the village’s medieval church and in the shade of old plane trees, stands this beautiful 18th century charterhouse. The stone arcades of its sand colored frontage invite you to discover an elegant succession of living and dining rooms. An afternoon by the fireplace in the library, a summer night dining under the lime-tree, tasting Armagnac from its vineyards, nestled in its soft sofas: all this generous joy, real hymn to the delicious products of Gascony, matches the harmony of its luminous simplicity. In the gardens, benefit from the expert treatments provided at the Thermal Spa. ... Learn moreless
A traditional family bar-restaurant during the day that is transformed into speakeasy at night. The young boss knows the tricks of the trade to concoct great classic cocktails with style, attracting everyone from the surrounding vineyards. Let the evening pass and when midnight comes, the curtain falls...Read More less
A reconstituted medieval camp for children. Various activities showcase the art of war and the associated techniques from the fourteenth century. Learn about trebuchets, rams, belfries and other unique items. In summer, a troupe of actors offer medieval shows. Larressingle, Gers
Restaurant and hotel in a village. Contemporary interior designer Jacques Garcia has worked wonders with the décor of this 13th century bastide, that was once home to the Counts of Toulouse. The mood is theatrical and luxurious. Sofas with feet that look like lion paws sit beside ancient floor tiles and velvety wall hangings. There is a touch of the artist Jean Cocteau here too, with an avant-garde chandelier that appears out of a wall. Your itinerary should include visiting the region which is one of the most beautiful parts of France, and sampling the recipes dreamt up by Chef Michel Trama, this extraordinary self-taught starred Chef, who strolls through the Lot-et-Garonne farmer markets looking for the best and the unexpected. His cuisine reveals his love of wholesome food and of life in general. You'll sample notably his potato papillote and his lobster lasagna, a few reasons the restaurant is not to be missed. ... Learn moreless
A dinner at La Ferme des Etoiles, this famous Gers observatory is sponsored by the famous Hubert Reeves and well-known by all astronomy enthusiasts. Organised every weekend, these evenings are specially designed to discover the wonders of the sky with family or friends. Starting at twilight, a specialist...Read More less
On the hillsides of Aureville, in the Toulouse countryside, Isabelle and Frank Renimel have designed a welcoming and authentic home with a touch of whimsy. The brick and pebble walls of the old building have been preserved and stand in exquisite harmony with the new additions of sleek geometric lines....Read More less
A stunning work of art connecting Toulouse to the Mediterranean. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi dates back to the 17th century. Canal du Midi is the perfect spot for a romantic walk or a Sunday stroll, but you will also find brightly colored “péniches” (barges) that house...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant on a golf course. The Domaine d’Auriac is built on the ancient Carsac oppidum, where the story of Carcassonne, a Unesco World Heritage site, begins. For three generations, the Rigaudis Family has reinvented this 19th-century townhouse, built over the cellars of a Carolingian Abbey – ruled over by calm and fine dining in the shade of the 300-year-old surrounding park. The restaurant at the Domaine serves the original recipe for the typical local “Dieu le Fils” cassoulet. In a region where history, mysteries and legends, such as the story of Abbot Saunière’s treasure in Rennes-le-Château, abound, discover Cathare abbeys and castles whose ruins rise from cliff tops and rocky promontories. ... Learn moreless
"Le Bar à vins", a simple name that hides this unmissable night spot in Carcassonne. Party the night away in the open air, surrounded by medieval walls and the tricentenary chestnut tree. Every weekend, DJs play music into the early hours of the morning in this Medieval City. Le Bon Plan: it’s hard...Read More less
Walk around capturing photos while being guided by a professional. This "photowalk" allows you to discover the city of Carcassonne from different points of view: the barbican of l’Eglise Saint Grimer, the Grande Caponniere, or even the magnificent Porte d'Aude at sunset. An urban and artistic walk.Read More less
Linking the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean sea, a crazy dream dating back to the 17th century. The Chef of Domaine d'Auriac will provide you with a well stocked basket. Then you’ll step back in time, traversing the beautiful water and landscapes of Cathar country. Imagine yourself on the Ondine...Read More less
A day in Roussillon to explore the southern roads in a 2CV. With you at the wheel, ask your co-pilot to guide you: itineraries amid vineyards, mountains and picturesque villages. It is up to you to choose your stops: historical sites or gastronomic breaks. Take a detour by the Poterie Not at Mas Ste...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant on a river. In an unspoilt valley in French Catalonia, looking out at the snow-topped mount Canigou, you will find the Château de Riell, perched among parasol pines and oleander trees. This hotel is made for hedonists, with its baroque interiors and a restaurant whose highlights include lamb and seafood. Sports enthusiasts can choose from the huge range of outdoor activities against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery and the open-air pool set on the castle’s ramparts. Discerning gentlemen travellers will be impressed by the ambiance of the Out of Africa bar and the dacha, where you can sit and read or enjoy breakfast. A splendid escape in Romanesque Roussillon. ... Learn moreless
From the windows, to the interior decor, to the delightful tea room, you must experience the amazing Maison Quinta. The building itself is worth the trip - this mansion showcases true Catalan style. After passing through the door, you’ll be encompassed by the warm, eclectic atmosphere of the 900 m2...Read More less
Experience the Caribbean! Discover the richness of the seafloor off the Vermeille coast with a snorkel! Equipped with real diving equipment, we leave by boat along the rocky coast to reach the best spots for experiencing the wonders hidden a few metres down in the Mediterranean. Beginner or experienced...Read More less
A symbol of the Catalan and proudly showcasing the colours of blood-red and gold, the Yellow Train, also called "the Canary”, connects Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol. The train offers exceptional views of the landscapes and cultural sites over 63 kilometres.
Sometimes factories tell stories that are as exciting as medieval castles. This is the case of the captivating industrial history of Thuir, the motherland of Byrrh, an aperitif that is now slightly out of fashion (they knew how to amuse themselves in the Fourth Republic!). With a range of thematic and...Read More less
Total price communicated as an indication, based on a stay of the number of nights recommended on this webpage, taking place in the next 3 months, and based on double occupancy (excluding recommended activities, excluding properties not bookable online and excluding restaurants).
To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.