Pradelles en Val
Pradelles-en-Val is located in a pleasant valley between the Alaric mountain and the foothills of the Val de Dagne. Its territory produces wine and cereals . 2 km away, La Bretonne, a small stream, has its source, runs through Monze and flows directly into the Aude after 14 km.
Pradelles en Val and its neo-Romanesque church
Dating from 1787, the church of St. Andrew has the distinction of bearing the inscription “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” dating from the separation of church and state in France.
East of Pradelles en Val, another castle
Built on the Alaric slope overlooking the valley that was for a long time marshland, this castle is listed in 1110 in the Aude archives.
On the ground floor: 3 vaulted rooms are very well preserved. The walls are sometimes more than 80 cm thick. The first floor and the attic were redesigned in the 17th century.
Defeated and killed by Clovis at the Battle of Vouillé, a legend says that Alaric II came there in 507 to be buried with his wives, his elephants and his gold. But where is the treasure buried? From its beginnings, Alaric was a frontier between Rome and the city of Carcassonne.
Facilities: a gite, several bed and breakfasts, an eatery with wine bar, bike rental, trial bike courses.
A starting point for several hiking or mountain biking routes.