Le Petit Charme is the perfect starting point for exploring the natural beauty, relaxed villages, and culinary surprises of the Languedoc-Roussillon region and the vineyards of the Minervois.

Within a 20-minute drive from Argens Minervois are a host of larger villages with weekly outdoor markets (Lezignan-Corbières, Olonzac), wineries with tasting rooms (Homps, Pouzols-Minervois, Ventenac), and breathtaking views (the medieval village of Minerve).

The 17th-century Canal du Midi, which stretches from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and passes through the village, offers the chance to see the region by pleasure boat.

A half-hour drive west from Argens brings you to the walled city of Carcassonne (above). Another half-hour drive from Carcassonne brings you to Castelnaudary, the birthplace of cassoulet, southern France's famed stick-to-your-ribs pork and sausage casserole. A half-hour drive east from Argens takes you to Narbonne, with its renowned medieval cathedral and a variety of shopping, restaurants and nightlife options.

Just past Narbonne are the Mediterranean beaches of Narbonne-Plage and Gruissan (top right) - worth several visits, thanks to the region's mild climate and 300 days of sunshine a year.

In all directions you'll find villages like Minerve (top left), with medieval churches and castle ruins, many of them relics of the bloody wars between the crusading Christians and the local followers of the Cathar religion (top middle). One of the loveliest is the secluded Fontfroide Abbey, with guided tours, lovely herbal gardens, a wine-tasting room and a highly rated restaurant.

For longer day trips, LPC is a 20-minute drive from the major A9 and A61 autoroutes, which provide direct access to Toulouse (1.5 hrs.), Montpellier (1.5 hrs.), Perpignan (1 hr.) and Collioure (1.5 hrs., bottom left), the French and Spanish Pyrenees (1.5 hrs., bottom middle) , the Salvadore Dali Museum in Girona, Spain (1.25 hrs., bottom right) and Barcelona (3 hrs.).


beatiful view of the canal

Minerve has been selected as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The Most Beautiful Villages Of France")

Cathar Country

ariel view of the canal

Touring Cathar castles are a great day-trip opportunity


Meditteranean delights

Enjoy sunning, swimming and dining on fresh fish and shellfish


ariel view of the canal

The harbour in Collioure with its castle and church Notre Dame Des Anges

The Pyrenees

Le Petit Charme courtyard

These mountains that divide France and Spain can be seen in the distance from the Minervois.

Salvadore Dali museum

Kitchen of Le Petit Charme

Egg sculptures top the museum designed by the artist himself in Rosas Spain