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Rieux-Minervois - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aude

It seems that the Argent Double has hosted on its banks a city from the Gallo-Roman. Many "house" surrounded his bed as evidenced by the archives ... Near the river, "Al Rius" could be the source of the name. And to distinguish it from other Rieux, it is followed by the qualifier of Minervois in reference to the ancient "Pago Minerbensis" known since Roman times: it is already in a charter of Charles the Bald in the year 855 " Pago Minarbensi "applied to the region. The village would have been born around a castrum around 1000 taking successively the names of Rieux, Mérinville Rieux-Minervois and definitively in the 19th century: hence the name of the inhabitants of Rieux: the mérinvillois and mérinvilloises.

Between sea and mountain gastronomy: foie gras, bouillabaisse sétoise, cassoulet, wines, varietals and AOC Minervois.

The tourist information point is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 14pm to 18pm.

Geographical information

Latitude43.2825680 (N 43° 16’ 57”)
Longitude2.5873190 (E 2° 35’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 55m to 180m
Surface area21.19 km²
Population2040 inhabitants
Density96 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCarcassonne (17 mi, 31 min)
Insee code11315
IntercommunalityCA Carcassonne Agglo

Nearest cities & towns

Peyriac-Minervois1.4 mi (4 min)
Trausse3 mi (8 min)
Saint-Frichoux3.9 mi (11 min)
La Livinière4.3 mi (12 min)
Azille4.6 mi (11 min)
Laure-Minervois4.7 mi (11 min)
La Redorte4.8 mi (11 min)
Aigues-Vives5 mi (12 min)
Caunes-Minervois5.4 mi (14 min)
Puichéric5.5 mi (12 min)
Siran5.8 mi (14 min)
Félines-Minervois5.9 mi (15 min)
Castelnau-d'Aude6.3 mi (14 min)
Pépieux6.5 mi (15 min)

Things to see and do

Built on seven sides, the original architecture of the church of St. Mary Rieux-Minervois, raises many questions ... You can admire the sculptures also the master of Cabestany, including the famous Virgin Mandorle. Accessible guided tours and pay.

The bridge over the Argent Double, contemporary castle. After the bridge, the chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows: built after the vow of a family member De Noailles (XVIII) who promised to build a chapel dedicated to the Virgin if he escaped a violent storm. The village commemorates the Day of the Vow every Tuesday from Easter.

Street Dalmace, characteristic of medieval streets (arches connecting two houses), old doors, small windows in the shape of heart ...

Library-media center, rue de la République: Loan of books (annual fee), Internet access. Open all year Monday to Friday from 15 to 18h and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12pm. Closed in August.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

Markets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the square Bousquet General (food, bazaar, clothing ...).

Season of musical entertainment by The Association Theophanies, concerts in the castle hall.

Spring Festival in May and Pumpkin in October.

Fireworks display and burning of the castle on July 14 to 22h.

Local festival around August 15.

Empty garage sales organized by various associations, regularly throughout the year.

Fair to bold the third Sunday in December.


Church of St. Mary
Church of St. Mary
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St. Dalmace
St. Dalmace
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Bridge and Castle
Bridge and Castle
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Our Lady of Sorrows 7
Our Lady of Sorrows 7
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Tuesday 25 april
Min. 16°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 26 april
Min. 12°C - Max. 18°C
Thursday 27 april
Min. 12°C - Max. 19°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Circuit capitelles from Villeneuve.

Truffle in Villeneuve-Minervois.

Marble circuit in Caunes-Minervois and visit the Careers of Roy.

Visit the abbey of Caunes-Minervois.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canoe kayak on the Aude
Sports sensations22 € Puichéric (4.5 mi)
Cruise on the Canal du Midi in a vintage barge
Entertainment3900 € to 4800 € Carcassonne (12.8 mi)
Wellness massage and swimming pool at Saint Benoit gardens
Well-being80 € Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse (14.8 mi)
Canyoning in Montagne Noire
Sports sensations35 € to 55 € Mazamet (17.8 mi)
Wine and tapas tasting lunch
Local flavours50 € Coustouge (18.1 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Roy Quarries
HikeEasy2h30Caunes-Minervois (4.3 mi)
Lake Jouarres
HikeEasy3h00Olonzac (6.1 mi)
Capitoul... capitelles and dolmens
HikeIntermediate3h10Villeneuve-Minervois (6.7 mi)
From the city of Carcassonne to Lake La Cavayère
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carcassonne (12.7 mi)
Versants of the Hard
HikeIntermediate5h30Cuxac-Cabardès (16.5 mi)


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