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This house had everything we could have wished for and helped make our week in Paraza very enjoyable. It was spotless,furnished with style and a real pleasure to come home to after a day out. The terrace is a bonus offering outside dining area, lovely loungers and total privacy. Phil was there to meet us on arrival and able to give an insight into village life and history of the area which made it even more interesting. We think this really is a beautiful part of France and like this perfect little house ,quiet, unassuming but infinitely charming.
We arrived in Bages 9pm Saturday night and managed to get a table at the smaller restaurant in the square - Les Beaux Arts ignored our requests to book a table by phone/facebook/email!!
The house is great, with everything you would need for a stay, including beach towels to borrow, all the kitchen essentials, DVDs and games, internet and above all - plenty of space. 3 great double bedrooms (2 with kingsize beds and one set up as a twin bed. 2 bathrooms, 3 toilets. The top floor "sun-room" is great too - it opens out onto a terrace which overlooks the square and has great views over the rooftops to the lagoon.
Bages itself is a quiet village - 3 restaurants with mixed opening days/times - a small shop within one of the restaurants - only a couple of galleries to spend your money at.
The speciality of the area is eels and you could go wild and have a full "eel-fest" at La Portanel reataurant with every course being eels in one form or another. We had lots of seafood, with the Dorado Royale my favourite (sea bream in other words), and if you can catch the fisherman down by the dock in Bages, then you can buy them fresh everyday but Sunday.
Just down the road (3 mile walk/drive) from Bages is Peyriac de Mer, where you can find a few shops and a Tapas bar and a restaurant.
Nearby beaches are of the wide open, flat sand variety, with Gruissan Plage the best of the bunch especially if you have kids as the water is shallow for quite a long way out.
We visited Narbonne (20 mins away), and enjoyed the food hall and the river. We went to Carcassonne (1 hour away) and loved the Old City, which for some strange reason is decorated in yellow stripes at the moment? We travelled down the coast towards Spain for an hour to get to Collioure which is a lovely little arty village around a fortified harbour.
We also went into the hills to visit the gorge town of Minerve, and walk up the gorge then moved onto La Grasse for ice-cream and drinks and a visit to the Vinegar shop - you can taste them all if that floats your boat?
We also enjoyed a trip to Fontfroid Abbey - beautiful wines and walks around the grounds.
We flew into Beziers airport which is the nearest to Bages and I nervously drove a brand new car through the Peages, numerous roundabouts and the narrow streets of Bages. I deserved the beer I had when we arrived!!!
You will love the house in the square in Bages, you will have to visit to see if you love Bages and the are too.