There is so much to see and do – all year round
Puivert is a wonderful mixture of history and attractions
The village offers something for everyone and all within easy reach. The Château de Puivert, steeped in ‘Cathar’ history, has been looking down over the village since the 13th century, and is open to visitors through to November. In the heart of the village near the post office, lies the Musée du Quercorb, offering an insight into the local history.
The swimming lake is a great place to be on a hot, sunny day
Le Lac de Fontclaire which is within walking distance of Bonnes Saisons is also close to the village centre; the manmade beach (and attending lifeguard in the summer) makes it ideal for swimming or hiring a pedalo and creates a wonderful place for all ages to enjoy, especially families. With plenty of shaded areas and barbecue facilities it is ideal for picnics but if you are not looking to fend for yourself, there is a large buvette (snack bar) at one end of the lake that is open all day until late during the season, serving a range of delicious food and drinks.
At the back of the beach there is also a children’s play area, pétanque, tennis and volleyball courts.
A choice of places to eat within walking distance
Puivert offers three restaurants, Le Pamir, Le Refuge Gourmand, La Buvette du Lac and a lakeside bar, Lescale, which does snacks. There is also the Brasserie du Quercorb a local Artisan Brewery whose beers may be sampled at their bar and where there is often ‘Friday Night Food!’
A truly unique way to view the Pyrenees
There is a surprise just outside the village on the Plain de Puivert where you can find the enthusiastic and friendly gliding club. It is fully registered and qualified to train pilots but what is perhaps more interesting to visitors is that they offer ‘one off’ flights. What more exciting a way can there be to take in the wonderful surrounding scenery of the Pyrenees? The club is open year-round (subject to weather) so if you would like to take a flight while you are here, we would be happy to arrange that for you.
Renowned for its night markets and lakeside fireworks
Summer is the busiest time of course and the village can double in numbers, creating a great atmosphere, as they are joined by locals and holidaymakers from surrounding areas as Puivert plays host to a lively Marché Nocturne every Wednesday evening through July and August.
A mixture of stalls offering locally produced food and drink to tempt all palates, to be enjoyed sitting at one of the rows of trestle tables accompanied by live music, where you can make new friends or just enjoy the ambiance and surroundings – it is a great way to round off the day as the sun goes down. Plus, the annual lakeside firework display is very well known in the region, regularly attracting six to seven thousand visitors. This is a real ‘must see’ event and typically takes place on the third Wednesday in July.