Set in an outstanding natural environment of beech and fir trees and a lake laid out in unspoilt landscape, La Salvetat is also renowned for its naturally sparkling mineral water which, as the phrase goes, ‘ bottles the sun’. These and other assets make La Salvetat a sought-after resort, located in the very centre of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park.
Stretching over the southern foothills of the Massif Central and harmoniously marking the Mediterranean watershed from green and pastoral mountains to sunny vineyards lined by fields of olive trees, the Park offers an amazing variety of landscapes. Mountains, gorges and plains shaped by wind and water, lakes and rivers, forests, scrubland and vineyards create a natural mosaic which will delight nature-lovers as well as outdoor and sports enthusiasts who can enjoy a variety of land and water-based adventures including hiking, pony-trekking and road or mountain-cycling.
If you are interested in cultural, historical or gastronomic heritage, (including associations with the history and legends of the Cathars), you need look no further than this region, which still awaits discovery by many British and other European visitors.
Though summer is the best season to enjoy the water-based activities and the numerous cultural events of the area (festivals, themed organized walks, etc.), autumn is also very attractive for walkers, especially given that through September and October, vineyards and chestnut cultivation are celebrated in the towns and villages of Saint-Pons, Olargues, Roquebrun, Berlou, La Caunette…
When cherries are ripe, a visit to Héric gorges is ideal, and when the plateau is covered with snow, cross-country skiing trails are open at Col de Picotalen but the hills between the residence and the lake also offer fantastic sledge runs. In the evening by the fireplace, enjoy cooked meat from the village and a raclette with the Tomme des monts de Lacaune cheese.
Whether you’re on foot, a mountain bike or a horse, a multitude of trails and paths will enable you to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area in complete freedom. The paths to escape are numerous and are described in brochures available at the Tourist Office.
Source: Michelin, “La France Sauvage – Séjours en pleine nature”.
Photo credit © Réseau Touristique MLCPL