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La Clape and Château Mire-l'Étang
Montagne de la Clape is a local beauty spot missed by tourists in the fast lane. Its limestone heights dominate the Narbonne coast and shelter vineyards like Château Mire-l'Étang. La Clape is a small sub-region of the vast Coteaux du Languedoc AC. Narbonne is nearby, as are beaches. Time to destination: about 45 minutes.
From the house in Valros, take the N9 toward Béziers. Follow the N9 as it contorts through Béziers. You will emerge at the foot of the city's promontory and cross the Orb River, "a fast-flowing river brimming with clean water and full of fish," according to the Hachette guide. To your right, you'll see a old stone bridge, narrow, with beautifully proportioned arches.Continue on the N9 toward Narbonne. At 16 kilometers or so, you'll cross the Aude River and enter Coursan.Turn left onto the D1118. This merges for a few kilometers with the D31, toward Salles d'Aude and Fleury. You go through Salles d'Aude, toward Fleury. Somewhere in here (it's a bit obscure where exactly) the D1118 and the D31 go their separate ways. Follow the D1118.At Fleury, turn right, folowing the D1118, which becomes a very scenic little road. Watch for signs for Château Mire-l'Étang.
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