There are various caves in the nearby area to visit of which the most famous are the Caves of Niaux with cave drawings over 12,000 years old! One of the most beautiful caves of France is found in Courniou with a speleology museum at side. It's all within a 15 min drive! See also www.grottedeladeveze.fr
Cities and fortresses
Of the many Cathar castles in the neighbourhood, of which Montsegur or de Cité from Carcasonne is the most famous one, are worth to pay a visit. Also wildly popular is a visit to the old Cathar village of Minerve with its "Pont naturel" at 20 min drive and we also have to mention one of the 152 most beautiful villages of France: Olargues (20 min).