: Les Angles
Car: not necessary
The small town of Quillan is protected by a circle of 'hills', The town sits in a bowl and you only have to walk a short distance in any direction to get lovely views of the town.
Although the inhabitants only number maybe four to five thousand they are served by four banks, two or three bakers (Boulanger), a fishmonger (poissonnier) butcher and tobacconist, classy bars and restaurants.
There are regular markets, as is the French way, as well as many music and sporting events including, on certain years the Tour de France cycle race which passes through the town.
The town is also home to many artists and artisans.
This is a very special area in many ways, home to the Cathars in the 1100’s, nearby is the famous Rennes Les Chateau.
There is a dinosaur museum, with a dig you can join in! Also a hat museum nearby, you can get to them all by train if you don't drive or by taxi.
Wine routes: The Languedoc Roussillon area is well known for the vast vineyards, Quillan is in the middle of the Corbiere Fitou and the Blanquette de Limoux with many small vineyards in between. Plenty of opportunity for tasting.
Sporting activities included white-water rafting, horse riding, cycling, walking, mountaineering, fishing, motor biking.
If you fancy gliding it's 15min away!
Also in the area are luscious Thermal spas all three within 20 min driving distance where you can sit in a pool or the river in water that is 25 to 30 degrees.
The Mediterranean sea is 45 minutes drive through some of the most glorious mountainous scenery.
Ski: Nearest ski is 25 min away at Camurac, les angles 45 min away, Andorra 1 hour 15 min away there are buses from Quillan.