Limoux Carnival

From January to March Limoux Carnival brings colour and music to banish winter blues. The longest running Carnival, with a 400 year history, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face ... and a desire to join in and dance.


For gourmands ... each month brings its delights: fois gras, fruits, nuts, sweets ... starting with truffles in December to February. Smell them, taste them ... and see how they are found.  You can even invest in a ‘truffle oak’ and perhaps you will find hidden treasure in your garden one day ...


With so much Spanish influence you will still find bullfighting in the South, but perhaps you would prefer to see Flamenco and men displaying their horsemanship in a bull run through the narrow roads of Magrie.

Carnivals... Festivals... Music... Markets... Food... Wine!!


In April bid for local wine at Toques et Clocher, supporting (and then celebrating) the renovation of another village church, in Midi style with music, food and plenty of wine.  Of course you can always sample local wine at the many domains in the area, take a guided wine tour or short wine course with Wendy at The Wine Wise Company or a cooking and quaffing with La Maison Du Rire ...  bring a group of 8 to enjoy it here.  Ask for details .


Enjoy music throughout the year.   Carnival Bandas, Troubadours, chants and organ recitals in the abbeys and churches, a piano festival at Pennautier, jazz under the chestnut trees, and on 2lst June the whole area throbs with a National Musical Festival.   In the heat of July and August, the Cité is vibrant with concerts in its open air theatres, and medieval re-enactments and there are 70 free events throughout Carcassonne.

Markets and Vide Greniers

Colourful markets throughout the year offer an opportunity to buy fresh local produce, socialise and chat, or watch the world go by over coffee.  On Sunday morning you can go to a flea market, where you might pick up a bargain from the past – or just enjoy discovering what the French keep in their attics.