Some 86,000 people live there. A major watershed runs through this Park, created in 1973, forming a kind of dividing line, with the water draining on one side towards the Atlantic and on the other to the Mediterranean.
The Park has to cope with two very marked climatic influences since it forms the border between two types of southern climate : the Midi Toulousain and the Midi Languedocien. In the space of a few kilometres, between Mazamet and the Minervois, from Revel to Carcassonne, the scenery changes from beech groves to garrigue.
The Haut Languedoc Regional Nature Park is a series of alternating areas of countryside: green and dry, rugged and undulating, moorland and woodland, grassland and peat bog.
The best way to explore the area is to set off on foot along the well-worn trails of the Montagne Noire
. You can also climb the Pic de Nore
, the highest point in the Park, rising to an altitude of 1,211 metres. The view from the top is staggering.
Then you'll get carried away by the magnificent panoramas of the Espinouse Massif
, where at dusk you stand a very good chance of spotting flocks of wild mouflons
. You can also relax for example by the sparkling clear waters of the Lac du Laouzas
in the heart of the Monts de Lacaune
. Visit the Musée Départemental du Textile
in Labastide-Rouairoux, and also, on the edge of the Park, Sorèze and ancient Royal Abbey School
, a Great Tourist Site in Midi-Pyrénées
Another excursion that should be on your holiday list is a walk along the paths that pick their way through the jumble of unusual granite rocks and boulders of the Sidobre
, just outside Castres. A must-see!