Wish you were here!
The tiny feudal village of Castelnou is really one of the Languedoc-Rousillon region’s best kept secrets thanks to it’s remote location. The visitor center told me were among the first Americans to visit this year!
This village’s natural setting and 100% pedestrian cobblestone streets make it such a nice place to slow down and just enjoy living. On past trips, I have really enjoyed visiting the castle that crowns the village –but this time I just sat back and soaked up the ambiance: lunch with our guests on a terrace overlooking the rolling landscape followed by tea in a cozy shop while they explored the winding streets filled with little art galleries. (This is part of our Best Kept Secrets of the French-Spanish Borderland Sojourn).
INSIDER INFO: We asked if the sheep and goats that roam the surrounding hills are wild and were told (in French) “Yes. They are wild… now. One day, a few years back, their farmer couldn’t manage to round them up, so he just gave up… so now they are wild.” 😉
TRIVIA: In 2015, Castelnou (which ranks among France’s Most Beautiful Villages) ranked seventh in the French TV game show “The French People’s Favorite Village” (Le Village préféré des Français).