We stayed at Lou Cigalou Babio for 2 weeks in June 2016 with our 2 grown up daughters for a family holiday. We travelled from Spain after a short stay in Barcelona. Babio is a tiny hamlet consisting of a few houses and surrounded by vineyards. The house is a beautiful traditional French house with a fantastic eye for detail. We loved the outside space that included an outdoor cooking and dining area with magnificent views of the surrounding vineyards. The owners left details about the Tour de France passing through the area and we were able to witness this wonderful spectacle first hand as well as seeing how much this event means to the French. The owners were contactable for any queries and responded immediately to ensure everything was perfect.
La Caunette is the nearest village to Babio and has a great pizza restaurant that also serves drinks and light refreshments throughout the day. It also has a small post office, which sells wonderful fresh bread each morning and basic provisions. Aigues Vives is only a short drive away and has a great patisserie and small very well stocked supermarket. Minerve is a 10 minutes drive and is a beautiful little village with cafes, restaurants and outstanding scenery. We had a trip to Homps and a walk around the lake, which is a great place for families with small children. Narbonne is a must to visit with a wonderful indoor market (open until 1pm) – the market is a place to shop and eat with a range of cafes serving snacks and meals with a choice of local wines. We tried a restaurant next to the market that was recommended by the owners and we were not disappointed with the fresh fish and local produce. St Chinian (30 minutes drive) has great markets on a Sunday and we were lucky enough to visit one of them on a wine festival day where you could sample the local wines of the region and have a taste of local produce. We also visited Sete, which boasts wonderful clean beaches and is great for a long day out. There are plenty of places to eat or to take a beach umbrella and a picnic! We also visited Roquebrun and spent the day by the river that is next to the village (several great restaurants and bars). Here we hired canoes from the local well run business along the river l’Orb that runs through Roquebrun.
We would highly recommend Lou Cigalou as a great base for exploring the region and taking a break from the hustle and bustle of every day life!