Cavayere lake

Carcassonne has a beach !

To respond to the coronavirus crisis some measures have been taken. Sports activities, events, shows, bar and restaurant activities are suspended until further notice. Access to the forest massifs, beaches,  lakes, nautical bases, the medieval city of Carcassonne, the area around castles and abbeys as well as the Canal du Midi banks is forbidden. Carcassonne will be pleased to welcome you as soon as the situation has improved. Keep safe !





3 sandy and pebble beaches with lifeguard

La Cavayere lake is a veritable haven of rest, fresh air and outdoor pleasures, right on the doorstep of Carcassonne. An ideal spot for rambling and relaxing located 10-minute drive from the town.

The lake lies in a beautiful setting where peace and serenity reigns in the midst of a preserved natural environment.

  • Swimming : sandy and pebble beaches with lifeguard in the summer (from 1pm to 7pm)
  • Activities : water games, pedalos, ski lift, paddle, mini golf, acrobatic forest trail…
  • Rambling : walking or cycling tour around the lake ( 5km – 1 hour for walkers ).Paths ( GR 36)
  • Free car park. Picnic area.


Access from the town centre


- By car : in the direction of Narbonne.On the outskirts of Carcassonne, turn right in the direction of ‘Le Lac de la Cavayère’, Montlegun

- By Bus : Line n°1 from Monday to Saturday – Agglo’bus : +33 (0)4 68 47 82 22

- By bike or on foot : Follow the white and red signposted path (GR36) from the Medieval town




The La Cavayere lake is a leisure complex in a natural setting which occupies over 40 hectares of land on the doorstep of Carcassonne. This lake has 18 hectares of water and is surrounded by woods and garigues. It is home to copious typical Mediterranean vegetation and has valleys of three different courses of water (Bazalac, Mitgé and Montirat streams), which gives it an entirely original make-up.

On the tour of the lake, you discover the diversity of the landscapes and ecological features and pass through areas of both freshness and aridity, from woods to wilderness, from shade to bright light. In the centre, there is an island inhabited by birds, which is devoted to the nesting of ducks and other aquatic species.