August 6, 2019

Espéraza et ses Environs

Espéraza was one of the strangest places I have ever been to. It was part time capsule, part has-been (like La Fère), part economic tragedy, and part expat haven.

It is known for hat-making and dinosaurs, of all things to be partnered. Its population and reputation are but a shadow of what they once were, but the bustling weekly market proudly continues as if all were the same.

I loved my B&B here with a British expat couple, La Maison de la Riviere. I had my own traditional French room, complete with a huge door window and balcony overlooking the Aude River. You can book it using my referral code from and we will both get a discount!

One of my fun early excursions was to find the Château de Puilaurens, where I had a tailgate picnic in the back of my rental car.

Espéraza is a cute village to walk around, and has a delicious crêperie.

I loved my mini-jaunts through the nearby towns as well, and, as you can see from my pictures, I especially loved seeing all the beautiful French landscapes and home architecture.

For the stories and photos from my entire trip, check out the main post, South of France: Aude to Hérault.