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Our region

Aude, Cathar Country, the pearl of Languedoc!

Full of history and passions, the land of Occitan will seduce you with its rich heritage, its mild climate or still the authenticity of its cuisine.

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Pyrenees, fine sand beaches, mountains, forests, hills, valleys and lakes form an exceptional mosaic of landscapes and natural sites, which will amaze you with their splendour.

From Cathar castles to cities and villages, through the grandiose Cité de Carcassonne or the time of a family walk along the Canal du Midi, Aude will offer as many memories as unusual encounters.

Be guided by the winds of Lauragais to discover this land out of the ordinary!

History and Heritage

Dive into the heart of our history and admire a unique heritage!

The Cité de Carcassonne, jewel of the Languedoc, medieval walled citadel, declared a UNESCO World Directory.

The Cathar castles, magnificent vestiges of turbulent times of struggle and opposition:
  • Quéribus, the last bastion of the Cathar resistance.
  • Peyrepertuse, citadel of vertigo.
  • Puilaurens, fortress perched on a rocky spur.
  • Lastours, exceptional group of four medieval castles.
  • Termes, memorable siege of the Albigensian Crusade.
  • Arques, witness of the know-how of the medieval period.

The Canal du Midi, extraordinary masterpiece for its scale, also listed as UNESCO World Directory.

The numerous abbeys and churches, legacy of a monastic history deeply rooted:
  • Caunes Minervois, magnificent Benedictine abbey.
  • Fontfroide, sumptuous Cistercian set.
  • Saint-Papoul, Romanic abbey with prestigious sculptures.
  • Palais des Archevêques of Narbonne, monumental set grouping together the cloister and the Gothic Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur cathedral.

Villages

Stroll through our villages and rediscover the charm and mysteries of the past!

  • Montolieu, the village of books and graphic arts, a world where the book is king.
  • Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France, built around its Benedictine abbey, dating back to Charlemagne.

  • Aragon, fortified village, perched on a rocky spur and classified as a protected site.
  • Rennes-Le-Château, strong and magical place, made famous by the mystery and secrets of the treasure of the Abbot Saunière.

Nature

Escape to the heart of a nature with a thousand faces!

  • The Montagne Noire, mysterious landscapes with forests of oak and beech trees, lakes and waterfalls.
  • Cavayère lake, Saint-Ferréol lake, Ganguise lake and Lampy basin.
  • The African Reserve of Sigean, semi-natural park which houses over 3800 animals.
  • The Australian Park of Carcassonne, Australia on 5 hectares with kangaroos, ostriches…

  • Cabrespine giant chasm, prestigious cave, dug into the bowels of the Montagne Noire.
  • Aguzou cave, cave in its natural state, outstanding for its beauty and mineral abundance.
  • Limousis cave, the biggest cave fitted out by Aude.
  • Clamouse cave, site called "Cathedral of Time".
  • Caunes Minervois marble quarries.

Culture

Come and meet the origins of a bewitching region!

  • The Archaeological Museum of Narbonne, dedicated to the ancient history of the city and region.
  • The Inquisition Museum of the Cité de Carcassonne, a disturbing journey to the heart of fanaticism and human barbarity.
  • The Catharism Museum of Mazamet, a meeting with the memory of the Cathar faith and its history.
  • The Quercorb Museum of Puivert, all the history of crafts and traditions of the Cathar country.
  • The Dinosaur Museum of Espéraza, which hosts the skeletons of dinosaurs, the most impressive.
  • The Paper Mill of Brousses, last mill in operation in the Languedoc, magic place which perpetuates a bygone know-how.

Gastronomy and Tradition

Enjoy the generosity of Aude cuisine and the charm of its traditions!

  • The Languedoc wines, harmonious and high diversity, with heady aromas and deep taste (Cabardès, Corbières, Malepère, Minervois, Coteaux du Languedoc, Fitou…).
  • The cuisine of the Southwest, a generous cuisine combining local flavors and ancestral know-how (cassoulet, confit, foie gras, duck breast…).
  • The Carnival of Limoux, famous also for its Blanquette (the oldest sparkling wine in the world), a traditional carnival, very colourful.
  • The picking of mushrooms (ceps, chanterelles, milk caps, millers…), a true local tradition and above all, an opportunity to go into nature and relax.

 
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