Lac de la Cavayere, Carcassonne

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Lac de la Cavayère is an artificial lake in the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, close to the mediaeval town of Carcassonne.The lake, also known as Carcassonne Plage (in English, Carcassonne Beach), was created by the building of a 23 metre high dam in 1988 after severe forest fires affected the area in 1985. The surface area of the lake, which is fed by the creeks of Montirat, Bazalac and Mitgé, is 180,000 m² and it is 1.5 million cubic metres in volume.It is a short distance from the town of Carcassonne and has been made into a popular recreation area. Ducks and wildfowl are common and the 400,000 m² surrounding area is notable for a diversity of habitats, flora and fauna.The beaches slope gently and there are supervised bathing areas. Boats are available for rent and there are picnic areas and a crazy golf course as well as a nearby chateau.During 2005 the lake was closed to bathing due to strong algal blooms.
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  • Very pretty little to do, nice ride, very few people in this month of October. But beware we met a snake, the brand we have watch hihi. Otherwise great landscape
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  • Las de la Cavayere is only a short bus ride or drive from Carcassonne itself. In high season, it is very popular both with locals and with tourists. There is no entry charge. I can't remember if we ha...  more »
  • Business photographer I like having nice views to grasp during my walks... and I found nothing transcendent.
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  • Lake, near Carcassonne (about 6 km). Every day except Sunday there by bus. Can also be reached by car or walking from the Castle, if you like hiking (about two hours). There are free toilets, restaurants, water column, free parking. There are small rides, you can rent rent boards for Catania. No changing rooms and beach umbrellas, shade very little-it should be taken into account on a hot day. In General a nice democratic place. Free beach as galechnyj and sand. Clean water, relatively few people.
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  • Friendly place with swimming and beach area. Corner snack to eat very nice. A Saturday in June the pedalos n were not open before 13 h 00! Lack a bit of shade, otherwise very nice site
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  • Friendly place to spend a day swimming picnic. Many active annexes such as pedalos, the huge inflatable bladders with springboards, or water skiing!
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  • Ample parking, clean place, various water activities, supervised swimming, possible restoration that happiness
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  • Perfect for a day picnic, swimming and games of all kinds... for children as for adults...
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Although the picturesque La Cite is a tempting place to stay, consider the quieter and more affordable La Bastide Saint Louis down the hill. La Bastide provides easy access by foot to the walled La Cite for daily tours and peace and quiet after dark.
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