Officially designated "One Of The Most Beautiful Villages In France", Lagrasse (www.lagrasse.com) is located in the stunning Corbières wine region of the south of France. The beaches of the Mediterranean, the walled city of Carcassonne and the lofty heights of the Pyrénnées are all on its doorstep.
Lagrasse is famous for its 8th century Benedictine abbey, to which it owed its original prosperity. The abbey, St Marie d'Orbieu, is connected to the medieval heart of the village by an impressive 12th century bridge which spans the river Orbieu.
A village of artisans, Lagrasse is home to potters, painters and craftspeople and each summer it hosts, "Le Banquet des Livres", the piano festivals, "En Blanc et Noir" and "Les Pages Musicales", and the world music festival, "Abracadagrasses".
Visitors to Lagrasse come to sample its wine, swim in the river and walk in the surrounding vineyards and olive groves.
Nearest airports are Carcassonne, Beziers, Toulouse, Montpellier, Perpignan and Girona (Spain).