The surrounding area

Puivert is situated in the High Valley of the Aude in Occitanie. The Haute Vallée sits between the high Pyrenees, with skiing in winter, and the beautiful Mediterranean coast. The varied and dramatic local scenery offers lakes, rivers, hills and forests. 


Occitanie has a long and colourful history, which has left a legacy of pretty Medieval villages and dramatic clifftop Cathar castles. A temperate climate, with over 200 days of sunshine a year, makes it an ideal area for walking and outdoor activities. 


Friendly people and lively local communities offer a range of events year-round. For wine and food-lovers there are vineyards and wine-tasting, and local produce markets where you can sample cheeses, artisan bread, and a colourful array of fresh local vegetables and fruit. 


An hour away from Green Horizons, the ancient Cité of Carcassonne, stronghold of the Medieval Cathars, is a World Heritage site. Here you will also find the beautiful Midi Canal, many street cafés and pretty squares. The city of Mirepoix, with its medieval arcades, weekly market and quaint cafés, is just half an hour's drive. Montbel Lake, 20 minutes' drive from Puivert, is one of the largest watersports lakes in Europe.  


Whether you are looking for a relaxing break or an activities holiday, the Haute Vallée offers something for everyone: skiing, snow-boarding, hiking, climbing, lake-swimming, cycling, gliding, horse-riding, sailing, kayaking, white-water rafting, exploring caves, or just relaxing with a drink in a lakeside bar or a pavement café. The Cathar Way runs through Puivert, leading on to the site of the Cathar's last stand at Montsegur and beyond. Activities for children include medieval re-enactments at Chalabre Castle, supervised swimming, bouncy castles, a playground and a sandy beach at Puivert Lake, and art and music themed activities at the museum of Quercorb.  


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Puivert village


Puivert is a pretty village in the Haute Vallée de l'Aude. It has a swimming lake with a sandy beach and a museum of music and local history. The Cathar Castle, a centre for music and jousting in the Middle Ages, featured in "The Ninth Gate", and is open all year round.The gliding club offers experience flights over the beautiful surrounding area, and Puivert is a great base for hiking and cycling - or for day-trips by car to nearby castles, lakes, caves and mountains. 


The village has two restaurants and a café, a brasserie with craft beer, and two café/bars by the lake, with regular live music. The local dairy farm sells fresh milk at milking time, when you can meet Bernard and Carmen's 35 cows. There is a post office and small shop in the village, with a wider choice of shops in nearby Chalabre (6km).


In summer there are weekly night markets with music, and a spectacular firework display by the lake in mid-July. 


Horizons Verts is just 5 minutes' walk from the village.

Tourist office links


For more detailed local information, these are the tourist office links: 



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