: Carcassonne or Perpignan
: Axat - Le Central
: Mijanes, Puyvalador, Font Romeu
: Axat - Petite Ourse
Axat is a scenic village in the Pyrenees foothills near the Mediterranean--2 hours SE of Toulouse, ! hour S of Carcassonne, 45 mins W of Perpignan, just N of Andorra and Spain in the Languedoc-Roussillon in Southwest France. Axat enjoys lots of sunshine and a moderate Mediterranean climate with the sea nearby and cool mountain air. Activities are white-water rafting, kayaking, horse riding, cycling, skiing, swimming in the gorgeous village heated outdoor pool, rock climbing, walking and wine-tasting. For history lovers, it's the heart of Cathar country with spectacular 12C fortress castles--Puilaurens, Queribus, Peyrepertuse and Montsegur. The village of 800, laid back and welcoming of visitors, has a charcuterie, epicerie, boucherie and superlative boulangerie/patisserie plus a pharmacy, two doctors, hardware, ATM, 24-hour gas station, and nearby Michelin-starred restaurant. The fun Train du Pays Cathare goes from Axat through famed wine country to Maury and Rivesaltes.
Other Activities: whitewater rafting, fishing