Montreal, France is a picturesque village just outside of the town of Carcassonne, not to be confused with Montreal, Canada. The combination of long, lazy summers and spectacular geography around the region make Montreal the ideal destination for any family’s summer holiday or a short, active weekend break from the city at any time of year.
The fantastic geography of the land around Montreal means that it is a dream destination for any active family or outdoors enthusiast. Some of the many exciting activities on offer include rafting, canyoning, rock climbing, canopying, caving and hiking.
Those interested in more relaxing pursuits will however also be very pleased with the array of activities on offer on a Montreal holiday, with an 18-hole golf course nearby, thermal springs and plenty of gentle walks taking in old chateaus and local vineyards.
There are various events held in the village over the summer months, and the weekly farmers markets are the ideal place for self-catering guests to stock up on great quality local produce. Gourmets may also be very interested in visiting one of the many vineyards around the area, most of which offer free tasting sessions and very reasonably priced vintages.
Although Montreal is busiest during the warm summer months, it is ideally situated for several of France’s best ski slopes, and Montreal accommodation offers a tranquil alternative to the larger skiing resorts.
The nearby town of Carcassonne could easily be lifted directly from the pages of a fairytale story, with magnificent castles set against the spectacular backdrop of the Black Mountains. Visitors to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site can look forward to seeing Roman churches, medieval fortifications and impressive architecture around every corner.
Montreal is also less than 80km from the city of Toulouse, with its castle, churches, gardens and museums. Toulouse also has a wide variety of shopping, where visitors can pick up their own piece of French couture, as well as countless restaurants in which to stuff themselves silly on yummy French cuisine.
Summers in Montreal are very pleasant, with daytime temperatures of up to 23C and very little rain. Winters are milder than in the mountains, and temperatures rarely dip below freezing, so a villa in Montreal offers a great alternative for those not so keen on staying in the colder ski resorts. Many Montreal villas also have their own open fireplace, offering a cosy place for guests to retire to even on the coldest days.
Carcassonne Airport is the most convenient gateway to Montreal, 13km from Montreal, and receives Ryanair several times weekly. Alternatively, visitors may also choose to use the Eurostar, which connects both London St. Pancras and Ebbsfleet stations to Carcassonne. Hire cars may then be picked up at either the airport or railway station to get to Montreal accommodation.