•Aude (11190) • Population: 80 • Altitude: 350 m
La Serpent is a small village southwest of Limoux, on a small hill in rolling country of sunflowers, grain and vineyards.
The village of La Serpent is far from being a tourist attraction, having only a collection of houses for it's 80-some residents. The Chateau is impressive when viewed while arriving at the village, but it's privately owned and not open to visitors.
The surrounding farming land includes a few old stone towers, possibly ancient windmill towers, or perhaps old watch towers. With the blue sky, green fields and yellow sunflowers, it's all quite pretty.
We were not able to discover the origin of the village name.
There is an ancient, faded sundial on one of the chateau towers — easily visible if you have a pair of binoculars or a good telephoto lens. On one of the walls in the village is another sundial that is actually approachable. Both are of a similar style, but the one on the village house is more colorful, yet still very, very faded [Photo 6].
• GPS: 42.967424, 2.182845
IGN (1/25,000) #2347 OT "Quillan, Alet-les-Bains"
One hiking trail passes through La Serpent, and a few large (one-day) loop hikes connect to it.
To the southeast the trail branches towards Fa, Esperaza or Antugnac. You can loop around any of the branches and return to La Serpent at the end.
To the north, the trail branches quickly southwest and loops south to Fa, where you can find a trail returning to La Serpent from the southeast.
Going north from La Serpent, without the branch, the trail goes through the little villages of Bouriège and Roquetaillade.
There are also country roads north and east of La Serpent good for country walking.