Villages & Nature in the Aude

The Aude, beautiful authentic villages in the heart of a nature with a thousand facets

Village of Lagrasse - ©Alehins - CC BY 2.0

Holidays in the Aude, authentic land

Stroll through our villages of character and find the charm and mysteries of yesteryear!

Village of Gruissan - ©Tiomax80 - Licence CC BY 2.0

Villages full of charm

The Aude is full of countless wonders and picturesque villages, some of which are among the most beautiful villages in France.

Lovers of old stones and history will be delighted to discover, at the detour of each alley, an incredible architectural and cultural heritage.

  • Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France, built around its Benedictine abbey, dating from Charlemagne.
  • Rennes-Le-Château, a strong and magical place, made famous by the mystery and secrets of the treasure of Abbé Saunière.
  • Montolieu, the village of books and graphic arts, a universe where the book is King.
  • Aragon, fortified village, perched on a rocky spur and classified as a protected site.
  • Villerouge-Termenès, where was burned the last Perfect Cathar.

Corbières landscape - ©Claude Valette : Licence CC BY-ND 2.0

A nature with a thousand facets

Endowed with a wide variety of landscapes, the Aude will amaze you with its exceptional palette of landscapes and natural sites.

From the Pyrenees mountains, to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, through the lagoon spaces, the Corbières massif, the Montagne Noire, the Lauragais hills, canyons, caves and chasms, the Aude will fill your eyes with unforgettable images.

  • The Montagne Noire, with mysterious landscapes with oak and beech forests, lakes and waterfalls.
  • Lake of Cavayère, lake of Saint-Ferréol, lake of Ganguise and Lampy pond.
  • African Reserve of Sigean, a semi-natural park which hosts more than 3800 animals.
  • Giant chasm of Cabrespine, a prestigious cave, dug into the bowels of the Montagne Noire.
  • Cave of Aguzou, cave in its natural state, remarkable for its beauty and mineral profusion.
  • Cave of Limousis, the largest cave of the Aude.
  • Cave of Clamouse, site called "Cathedral of Time".
  • Marble quarries of Caunes-Minervois, famous for the renowned crimson marble veined with white.

"The Domaine de Malouziès, 5 hectares of greenery in the Aude, at the foot of the Montagne Noire!"

Come to discover these authentic villages and this generous nature!