On the road from the Cathar Castles at Queribus and Peyrepertuse you can cut down through the Gorges.
As they are so narrow in the centre section ther's a one-way system in operation that allows cars (nothing bigger) to navigate along this section.
It's free and a chance to see the blue water hundreds of feet below.
Km 2, route de Caudies, 66220 Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, France
Good for: Business
The bus runs from Perpignan to Quillan (in the Aude) and back. There is, on average, two a day and they always stop at St Paul. Sometimes they detour into the smaller villages so it can be a lengthy trip. Fare is normal , the buses vary from tinny objects to air condition coach type.
Get off at Maury for a walk to Queribus, Caudies for lunch (great restaurant, small shops, excellent boulangerie, good Cave, pretty pretty little place, La Pradelle to visit their Cathar castle, Couixa and Quillan for the white water rafting. About twice a week teh bus will take you to mouth of the Gorge de Galamus.
All the boulangeries in St Paul stock the famous almond biscuit known as Le Croquant de St Paul. You cannot buy this anywhere except St Paul and one or two village shops and Caves within about a 15 kilometre radius. The only other place I have seen them for sale is at Ansignan.
Biscuiterie Abat (33)-04 68 59 01 66
- Biscuiterie Brosseau (33)-04 68 59 01 62
- Biscuiterie Galamus (33)-04 68 59 03 03
- Boulangerie Soucarrat (33)-04 68 59 25 46
- Boulangerie Da-Silva (33)-04 68 59 02 40
- Boulangerie Racaud (33)-04 68 59 02 27
What to buy: Le Croquant de St Paul, oval shaped almond biscuits, some with a scattering of sugar on top and others with a whole almond (the area is famous for its almond trees) pressed into each biscuit. You can also get them with chunks of almond in the biscuit. These are not suitable for those with wobbly teeth! They are very hard but the smell throughout the whole of St Paul drives you into the nearest boulangeries. Marvellous gift to bring back home as it is impossible to buy Almandes Croquants anywhere else. Saint Paul is proud of its vineyards that stretch along the plain and cling to the slopes of the nearly mountains . Its many wine cellars will offer you their " Cotes du Roussillon " and their red, rosé or white wines, their aperitive wines, "Doré ", "Tuilé ", and " Muscat "(Rivesaltes) . Muscat is very suitable for drinking with the local biscuit.
What to pay: I think it's about 4 euros for a packet of ten or twelve which sounds really expensive but they are large biscuits.