Léran and Places to Visit
Léran is a charming bastide village dating back to the 13th centry. Dominating the skylineis the massive Chateau de Léran, until recently the family seat of the Dukes de Lévis-Mirepoix. The village has a patisserie, épicerie, bisto and restaurant. Léran lies in a calley surrounded by beautiful countryside that forms the foot-hills of the Pyrenees.
Nearby is the village of Camon, voted one of the prettiest villages in France with its Benedictine Abby and its roses. There are fasinating ruins to view, such as the vast Chateaux de Lagarde and Roquefixade.
Twelve kilometers to the northis the colourful medieval town of Mirepoix with its ancient covered walkways and cathedral.
Montségur, 20km to the south of Léran, never ceases to impress with its majestic setting. The peak was one of the last refuges of the Cathars before they were wiped out by the Catholic Inquistion in 1243. Together with Roquefixade, the Cathar mountains offer the most easily accessable peaks in the area.
The nearest wine production is at Limoux (30 mins) and Carcassonne with its famous castle a little further on. Toulouse, the rose-pink city, is just over an hour to the north, with Narbonne and the Mediterranean an hour and a half west of Léran.