How to get here
Nearest Airports are Carcassonne and Perpignan at 45 minutes and Toulouse, Montpellier and Girona at 1h45mins. Easyjet, Ryanair and Flybe operate to these airports.
Axat is approximately a 10 hour drive from St Malo/Caen, ferry discount available on request.
The village centre is within easy walking distance from the house and has all necessary shops a small mini-market, boulangerie/ patisserie, 2 butchers, post office, cinema, tabac and 2 bar/restaurants.
The fishmonger also visits weekly in his van and there is a weekly micro market in Axat. Excellent larger markets take place weekly in Quillan (Wednesday/ Saturday) and Esperaza (Sunday). The local produce at the markets is seasonal and excellent.
There is a bigger shopping centre in Quillan (11 kilometres from Axat), which also has a big supermarket. There are other supermarkets in Limoux and St Paul de Fenouillet. There are also the cities of Carcassonne and Perpignan for a wide choice of shops.
Axat has three restaurants in walking distance. Le Petit Ourse (Little Bear) with a typical French Menu and Le Central which has indoor and outdoor riverside dining serving a simple menu steaks, omelettes, pizza and salads. Hotel Axat is ran by Danes, but serves more upmarket French cuisine; the dining room is quite cosy so booking is recommended.
There are a number of other restaurants locally and in the local towns. Restaurant leaflets and cards can be found at the house.
In general the Languedoc climate is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers, rainy winters, and moderate springs and autumns. You can expect to get 300 days of sunshine a year in the Languedoc
January and February are the winter months, with lots of rain, occasional frosts and snowfalls on the plains. Consistent snow in the mountains.
March and April are more unpredictable, with glorious sunny interspersed with cloudy, rainy cool days.
May and June are usually pleasant, with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.
July and August are hot and dry; with temperatures around 30° C. September can feel humid.
October is often a beautiful month. Days are warm and sunny.
November and December are cooler but still very pleasant, with lots of sunshine.