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Olonzac

 
 

Olonzac

Olonzac, the meeting place of the Minervois valley, is located between Narbonne and Carcassonne in the Minervois wine growing region of France. We are near the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and the Spanish border and enjoy a warm, sunny climate. There is good access to the area by air, rail and road from within Europe and from abroad.

 
 

olonzac

The region around Olonzac is a paradise for walkers and bike enthusiasts The National Grand Randonee trail system passes through the town, along with trails through vineyards, hills and forests. There are numerous seldom travelled roads on which to bicycle out for a picnic or challenge yourself to a tough vertical followed by a thrilling downhill back into the valley.

 

the market

I was first drawn here by the friendly feel of this village and later discovered all it's other advantages. With far more restaurants, shops and personal services available here than other villages in the region and a wonderful year round street market every Tuesday morning it is the best place to be in the region. 

 

 
 
Photo by Spencer Pidgeon

the wine

Olonzac is the capital of the Minervois valley in the wine producing Languedoc region of southwest France. It is located on the edge of a national park, du Haut-Languedoc/ the High Languedoc, between Narbonne on the Mediterranean coast and the ancient walled city of Carcassonne.

 
Photo by Spencer Pidgeon

see for yourself, won't you?

With a population of 2000 this circular, and in the past fortified, village is the centre of valley life. The municipal park has extensive gardens along with boules and tennis courts. Close by is a recreational lake for swimming, sailing and fishing and the famous Canal de Midi.