Le Nid d’Hirondelle is on the edge of the pretty wine-making village of Rieux-Minervois. This area is famous for its vineyards, and wine tasting tours to local domains can be arranged on request. The village of Rieux was on the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella and has a beautiful 11th century heptagonal church with famous stone carvings by the Master of Cabestany. There is an excellent tourist information centre in the village conducting guided tours of the church and offering extensive information on the region and its attractions. Regular concerts are held in the church and in the chateau. There are many places to explore nearby for those who enjoy walking: nearby vineyards, the river Argent Double and the garrigue smelling of rosemary and wild thyme.
Rieux hosts a market three times a week, selling regional produce including cheeses and fresh fruits and vegetables. Rieux has a good range of shops and services.
Other Activities: wine tasting of excellent local wines