Aude (11200) Population: 10,920 Altitude: 51 m
Lézignan-Corbières is a very active town, located along the main road between Narbonne and Carcassonne. The town has plenty of shops and cafés and so makes a good place to stop for a lunchtime visit.
The main attraction, though, is the Wednesday market which is very large and packs the town with market stalls, people, odors (of the good sort) and activity.
Lézignan-Corbières isn't a particularly attractive town, and we found the narrow streets of the "old town" rather dreary.
The main church of Lézignan-Corbières, Eglise Saint-Félix, is an imposing structure. Declared an historical monument, it's located in the center of town and has a small park just beside.
The Wednesday market is a really big affair in Lézignan-Corbières. The market stretches around the south side of the old town, packing the main Cours de la République and most of the adjacent side-streets. There are very many clothes and food stalls, and all are popular. It was fun to observe which vendors had the best reputation by the bigger crowds packed around the more popular vegetable and food stands.
The Tourist Office is in the center of town (Société d'Initiative) on the main street, Cours de la République. We found this tourist office, rather uniquely, completely useless. It's apparently manned by students without any training in how to greet people or about local information. When we asked about the location of a local Wine Museum (shown on local maps and on internet sites), the response was to ask us: "Where is it?" After some discussing between themselves (although they were mainly interested in some personal discussion) they decided vaguely that the museum might not exist.
There are several restaurants and terrace cafés in Lézignan-Corbières. However, since we were there on a market day, we bought two [large] portions of couscous from a market vendor, plastic forks from a local shop, and picnicked on a park bench. Excellent food and we were very satisfied with the service.
Lézignan-Corbières is a stop on the Toulouse - Carcassonne - Narbonne railway line. The Gare SNCF (railway station) is about 1000 m from the center of town, and there's a handy Café de la Gare just beside the station.