Me and "Mrs Pilrig" will be returning to Couiza after an absence of nine years in the latter half of June. Needless to say we can't wait to get there (Icelandic volcanos notwithstanding
) and have been pouring over RLC-related books, mags and of course Arcadia threads in preparation. BUT at our age we wont be going up any mountains or hills (excepting the Devil's Armchair which we've never visited).
So fellow posters, any suggestions for sites to see (other than the usual famous ones) would be welcome !
Couple of random thoughts for non-RLC specific half-day to day excursions from Couiza.
1. Lagrasse. If you go out on the D613 road that goes east from Couiza, past Cardou, Pontils, Arques, etc., this goes through some nice, mainly forested terrain, and you can stop in Villerouge-Termenes, a pretty village with a castle, and then onto the town of Lagrasse, which is a nice place to wander about, and its main street is lined with places for eating and imbibing. Nice town. One can also make a longer trip of it, either on the way there, or on the way back, and go to Termes, a rambling and dramatic castle in a wild and remote location that was an important site in the Albigensian war.
2. In the other direction, a day trip to the pretty town of Mirepoix, with its medieval arcaded square and impressive cathedral. And also a much renowned market on Mondays and (I think) Thursdays. Nice for the road trip, because you'd go up there via Quillan, and up the hill out of town on the D117 in the direction of Foix, which means going through some of the best countryside around there, with opportunties for stops at Puivert Castle, which is my favourite in Languedoc, and Lagarde, which is a little village with a burnt out ruin of a castle that makes it a little reminiscent of Coustaussa. And Chalabre is on or around that route as well, which is another nice village.
But the possibilities round there are endless, really .....