Your holiday home in the sun!
This area is perfect for day trips to the Cathar Castles and picturesque villages. For trips to the coast, a wildlife park, the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, or one of the famous caves. For strolls along gentle becks, waterfalls or the calm Canal du Midi with its locks. For a day of leisure at one of the mountain lakes or for mountainbiking or horseback trips…
Traversed by the famous and UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi, the legendary town of Carcassonne is one of Europe’s finest fortified towns. From the ramparts of its famous fortifications, you’ll enjoy amazing views over the slopes of the vineyards of Languedoc. Take a stroll through the town’s streets and find yourself back in mediaeval times. You’ll really be getting away from it all here! Make the most of the sunshine of the Aude when you come to the Bastide Saint Louis or the very heart of Carcassonne, and enjoy a glass of something nice on one of the sun-drenched terraces.
There is something for everyone here and the unique thing is, that it is all within your reach. The sun, the wine, the Occitan hospitality and wonderful cuisine are pleasant extra’s.
Carcassonne is divided into two, quite separate parts. La Cité occupies a plateau on the right bank of the Aude. La Bastide Saint-Louis lies on the left bank. The old district of la Trivalle and the famous Old Bridge have been, from that time, the links between their two destinies…
Château et Remparts de
la Cité de Carcassonne
Le Pont Vieux de
la Bastide Saint-Louis
Canal du Midi -
In the east the Aude is 50 km Mediterranean coast rich: beautiful beaches, beautiful seaside resorts and a lot of étangs. The textile-free holidaymakers are fully catered for in this region and can choose from a large arsenal of naturist beaches …
Gruissan Plage -
Gruissan-Village, one of the most beautiful villages in France, is 4 km away and has retained its typical Mediterranean atmosphere and colours. It is a charming old fishing village, dominated by the ruin of the Tour Barberousse perched high on a rock and surrounded by the old centre of winding narrow streets lined...
Narbonne Plage -
A beautiful 15 km drive through the Massif de la Clape nature brings you to the beach of Narbonne Plage. Beach of Narbonne. 5 km wide, fine sandy beach and a marina with 600 moorings welcome you in a beautiful setting. Narbonne-Plage situated in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne on the Mediterranean Sea...
Plage de la Franqui, Plage des Coussoules - Leucate
Saint-Pierre-la-Mer and Saint-Pierre-sur-Mer are one and the same village. It is a kind of resort where you can find shops, restaurants and a large number of different types of accommodation. The main attraction of the resort is its large sandy beach (8 km linear) cut in two by 'le Roc de la Batterie'...
Beach village by the Mediterranean
Valras-Plage is a typical seaside resort on the south coast of France. Ringed with many decent restaurants, a port and many shops, Valras-Plage also offers you plenty of things to do when you want a break from the beach. The beach is large and the sea is shallow and warm. Valras-Plage has a 4 km. long sandy beach...
Like Portiragnes Plage and Vendres, Serignan-Plage feels more remote and wild, with a grassy sandbank hiding the few buildings that lie behind the beach. You can just see Cap D'Agde in the distance, and the Etang (inland lake) borders the north side of the beach. Serignan is very popular in the summer...
Lac de la Cavayère -
Lac de Saint-Ferréol -
Lac de St Ferréol was created between 1667 and 1672 and lies on the border of the Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon. It lies just a few kilometres south of Revel and west of Sorèze at the foot of the Montagne Noire. Lac de Saint-Ferréol is an idyllic spot, perfect for swimming or just relaxing...
In the Aude there are several fortresses of the Cathars, which are inextricably linked to the history of this region. Everything here reminds you of the grandeur of an era in which the rebellious Cathars defined their territory with their castles…
Château de Montségur -
The castle of Montségur is located in Ariège, at the top of a mountain, at 1207m altitude. This strategic position is the reason why this castle was so named: Montségur means "mont sûr" in southern French (in English: "certain mountain"). The Cathar fortress was built at the beginning of the XIIIth century...
Château de Peyrepertuse -
Duilhac sous Peyrepertuse
Les Quatre Châteaux
Château de Quéribus -
Fort Libéria -
Villefranche de Conflent
Château de Puilaurens -
Aude offers a range of museums, ranging from ancient art to modern art, contemporary and applied art and discover a region that exudes art, culture, beauty and craftsmanship. Culture lovers will enjoy it here…
la Maison de l'Archéologie - Bram
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire -
Musée de Préhistoire
Musée & Jardins du
Canal du Midi - Revel
Revel, where the creator of the Canal du Midi, Pierre-Paul Riquet (1609-1680), lived and worked. One of the food sources of his masterpiece is the lake of Saint-Ferréol 6 km from Revel. Created in the 17th century, this basin is the beating heart of the Canal du Midi, which connects Toulouse to the coastal city of Sète...
Musée des Beaux-Arts -
Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses -
Musée de l'Abbé Saunière -
Markets & flea markets
In addition to the many daily markets, there are also the flea markets, ‘Vide-greniers’, as they are called here, usually on Sunday morning! Announcements for vide-greniers are posted everywhere along the side of the road…
Le Marché de
When everything is closed on Sundays, a visit to the Narbonne market is a breath of fresh air. Spread out along the canal, the market sells mainly clothing, leather goods, shoes, etc. But there is also a wonderful covered food market that should not be missed. The food here is excellent, especially the cheese and pâté...
Le Marché de
Revel in Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc, on Saturday mornings it is a lively place with the wonderful traditional market that takes place under the market hall. This market, rich in local produce, has the particularity of being listed as one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France.
Don't miss it!
Le Marché de
The Wednesday market is really a big attraction in Lézignan-Corbières. The market stretches around the south side of the old town, it runs along the Cours de la République and most of the adjacent side streets, which are covered with vegetable-fruit and all kinds of stalls, in a typical southern French atmosphere...
Le Marché de
Brocantes, Puces, Vide-greniers et
Aude is known for its rural castles, abbeys and the Cité of Carcassonne. Lovers of abbeys can indulge themselves with the most famous Abbey de Fontfroide close to Narbonne and the Abbey Sante Marie in Lagrasse…
Abbaye de Fontfroide -
Abbaye Sainte-Marie d'Alet (better known as the abbey of Alet les Bains), is located between the river Aude and the Pyrenees in the heart of Cathar country. The abbey is considered by some to be the most beautiful ruin in France. In 1318, the abbey became a cathedral. In 1577, the abbey was destroyed during the religious wars...
The Benedictine abbey of Saint-Hilaire stands in the picturesque Lauquet valley.
Located halfway between Carcassonne and Limoux, Saint-Hilaire is one of those places that speak to the collective memory. You only have to enter the abbey to feel its thousand years of history tickle your imagination...
The village of Caunes-Minervois is a must-see in the Minervois. The abbey is interesting from a historical point of view and it is also the place for concerts every summer at the "Festival du Minervois". The village of Caunes-Minervois "The walled city" grew up around its Abbey on the left bank of "l'Argent Double"...
Located at the foot of the Montagne Noire, in Lauragais, between Toulouse and Carcassonne, the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Papoul is a jewel in the land of the Cathars classified among the Historical Monuments. Founded in the 8th century, it was the seat of the bishop from 1317 until the French Revolution...
Abbaye de Villelongue -
Saint Martin Le Vieil
In the heart of the Vernassonne valley, three kilometres from the town of Saint Martin, 10 kilometres from Carcassonne, this Historical Monument (since the XIIth century) will seduce you thanks to its confidentiality and its family nature. The abbey of Villelongue has been marked by 800 years of eventful history...
Saint Polycarpe is located near the town of Limoux on a tributary of the Aude. The town is 7 km from Limoux, 8 km from Saint-Hilaire, 24 km from Carcassonne, 31 km from Mouthoumet and 42 km from Lagrasse. Saint-Polycarpe is situated on the Green Meridian, the Parisian Meridian... Founded in 783 by Athala...
Caves & Gorges
There are a dozen caves in Occitania that you can visit, each with their own characteristics. When you visit a cave it is important to put on good shoes and also bring an extra vest, because it can be slippery and cold in a cave. A cave is a special natural phenomenon. When you visit a cave you really imagine yourself in a different world. The world of stalagmites and stalactites and special rock formations…
Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine - Cabrespine
Les Gorges de Galamus -
Grotte de Limousis -
The history of the cave of Limousis goes back to the beginning of time, when it was a well-known rock shelter for prehistoric man but also for the cave bear. In all times, this cave has served as a refuge for man. We invite you to discover the Grotte de Limousis, 20 kilometers northeast of Carcassonne.
Gorges du Verdouble et le Moulin de Ribaute - Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertus
Grotte de l'Aguzou -
The Aguzou Cave is notable for its beauty and mineral abundance. Guided group visits are offered in the form of underground walks. The Aguzou Cave is not specially set up for public visits, as it is far too fragile. The Aguzou Cave is listed and protected. Tours are arranged in mini-groups for a whole or half day...
Grottes des Grandes Canalettes -
Gorges du Congoust -
Grotte de Fontrabiouse -
The cassoulet, a white bean stew, candied duck and sausage, is the most famous winter dish from Aude. The cassoulet was originally from the small village of Castelnaudary. But there are many more special regional dishes to mention! Restaurants are plentiful, most cook with regional products!
It will not surprise you that many star restaurants are also located here…
Literally translated, crème brûlée means burnt cream. Now it is not the cream that is burnt but the layer of sugar. By burning the sugar, it becomes a deliciously crunchy caramel, which forms a perfect contrast to the creamy custard. The custard consists of cream, egg yolks, sugar and often a flavouring such as vanilla, coffee or something else...
Foie gras de canard
Visiting wine estates, tastings, walks through the vineyards, wine and harvest festivals, the winemakers of the Aude welcome you to share their art de vivre with you. Whether you like red, white or rosé, the Aude has various wine regions, of which the Corbières and the Minervois are the best known, as well as the Blanquette de Limoux, which is said to have been developed by the monks of St. Hilaire…
The vast majority (80%) of Corbières wine is red, while the rest is equally divided between white and rosé. Red wines are generally full-bodied and spicy; rosé wines range from deep pink to the palest hues and are uncomplicated and fruity. The Corbières wine region is divided into 11 different terroirs...
Minerve, an old village takes its name from the Celtic expression "men erba", which means wooded rock. The Minervois is situated north of Corbières, with the valley d'Aude as its natural border. Minerve is one of the 61 communes, which produce Minervois. Of these villages, 45 are situated in the Aude and 16 in the Hérault...
Blanquette de Limoux,
Crémant de Limoux
In 1531, the monks of St. Hilaire (10 km from Limoux) discovered the cultivation of the golden Mauzac grape (the "Blanquette") natural sparkling wine, the "Blanquette de Limoux", the oldest Brut in the world. The wine is allowed to undergo natural fermentation in the bottle and produces natural bubbles...
Cabardès is located in the south of France, north of Carcassonne, against the southern slopes of the Montagne Noire, in the Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The name comes from the castle Cabaret, one of the four castles of the village Lastours. It is also the name of a wine region that has had the AOC-AOP designation since 1999...
The Malepère region lies in the heart of the Carcassonne, Limoux and Castelnaudary triangle and is home to the westernmost vineyards in the Languedoc. From the Mont Naut onwards, this wine region forms a beautiful chain of hills and valleys. "Male peyre" (Occitan) is the original name for "Malepère", meaning: bad building stone!
Fitou, the oldest AOC-AOP of the Languedoc, is located in the Aude department, south and south-west of the city of Narbonne and is embedded in the southern part of Corbières. The wines from Fitou are considered to be superior Corbières wines. La Fitounie' was crossed by the Via Domitiana and has had an eventful history...
Just south of the city of Narbonne, between the sea and the city, lie the hills of La Clape. The vineyards on the southern slopes benefit from the cooling effect of the sea. The vineyards, about 1000 hectares, are planted with syrah, grenache and mourvedre for the production of red wine. La Clape is one of the oldest wine regions in France...
The AOP Limoux is named after the city of Limoux. It comprises 42 municipalities and is divided into four sub-regions: Autan, Océanique, Haut-Vallée and Méditerranée. AOP Limoux Rouge.
Harvesting must be done manually and the yield may not exceed 48 hectolitres per hectare. Red Limoux must contain at least 50% Merlot...
Muscats du Languedoc
These fortified (alc. min. 15%) sweet wines have a rich perfume with honey and sweet fruit like grapes and peaches in the aroma and taste. This sweet wine is a Vin Doux Naturel where the fermentation of the wine with alcohol is stopped before all sugars are converted. This way the wine keeps its natural residual sugars and that gives the wine its rich sweetness...