The Razès is a canton (rural area) in the Aude département in the Occitanie region (formerly the Languedoc Roussillon). It lays about 90 km inland of the Mediterranean coast and 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.
Each Walking for Well-being holiday affords its own spectacular 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.
Plenty of walking choices
You can come on your own, with a partner or friends - be assured there will be no more than two of you sharing a gîte (apartment).
We offer 40 circuits and 5 linear trails covering the length and breadth of the rolling Razès countryside, ranging from 5 to 40 km, day or ½ day circuits. - the choice is yours. You determine your own routes and thus distance and difficulty and, most importantly, you get to walk at your own pace.
This means that you can return to your own safe haven in a Razès Gîte each evening to relax and unwind in comfort.
The number of walks you do is entirely up to you. If you want to walk everyday, simply choose your circuits and you will be guided by Jo or self-guided if you prefer. If you want to walk every other day and have a rest day in between, this is very easy to accommodate too.
The nearest airports are: Carcassonne (25 mins), Toulouse and Béziers (1¼ hour), Perpignan (1½ hour). If you're planning on hiring your own car, it's advisable to hire your holiday car at the time of booking your tickets. Each of these airports provides car hire facilities.