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The Aude, Cathar Country


In southern France, at the foot of the Pyrenees, is the area of the Aude and the Cathars. It stretches from the Mediterranean to the castle of Montsegur in the mountains in the south to the southern slopes of the Montagne Noir (Saissac). Aude, with its intense history contains gorgeous landscapes, mountains, caves, dolmens, gorges, abbeys, chateaux and many of the most beautiful villages in France. Nearby is the famous walled city of Carcassonne

The Aude departement of the Languedoc Roussillon region of France is the heart of Cathar country. It's also the home of the mysteries of Rennes le Chateau where a parish priest seemed to become rich overnight after finding some ancient parchments and left a plethora of enigmatic "clues" to his own mysterious wealth. The area is also part of the Corbieres wine region. The Aude is worth at least a week of your time....

This area is perfect for day trips to the Cathar Castles and pittoresk 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 sluices. For a day of leisure at one of the mountain lakes. For mountainbike or horseback trips...
  The medieval town Carcassonne (La Cité)
The medieval town Carcassonne (La Cité)

There is something for everyone here and the unique thing it all is, that it is all within your reach. The sun, the wine, the Occitan hospitality and wonderful cuisine are pleasant extra's. Come and discover the land where the Knights Templar wanted to settle down, where legend upon legend originated. Climb one of the Cathar Castles for a sublime view, enjoy a sorbet on a sunny terrace in pittoresk Minerve, settle in the sand of Narbonne Plage for a day, where the sand slowely descents into the Mediterranean, solve the enigma of the Templars in Rennes-le-Chateau or go for a pleasant walk through the unspoilt nature of the National Park de Haute Languedoc. It is all possible here, in one holiday!

Gorges de Galamus Canal du Midi The Pyrenees The Minervois
Beach of Gruissan-Plage Château de Peyrepertuse De Corbières Lac de la Cavayère


At the crossroads of cooking influences from the Mediterranean (fish and shellfish), the Massif Central (cured meats, venison, trout) and the opulent Gascogne (foie gras, preserved meats), our region offers an incredible variety of dishes:
- goose or duck liver pâtés, - artichoke salad au foie sec, - cassoulet (a stew consisting of beans, pork meat and rind, goose or liver sausage and preserves) Académie Universelle du Cassoulet,
- daubes or civets stewed in Corbières or Minervois wines, - escargots à la Languedocienne (onions, ham, tomatoes and persillade),
- bourride de Bages (fish soup),
- bouillabaisses (fish soup),
- fougasses with fritons or with a slight anise flavour,
- flan de Saint-Jean du Minervois (a pudding with muscat de Saint-Jean, Corbières honey, and eggs).
Les Produits Du Terroir

The Aude is rich in exceptional wine regions of the Corbières, Minervois and Fitou, which deliver full and fruity class wines, the sweet apertif wines Muscat de Rivesaltes or St Jean de Minervois and the sparkling Blanquette de Limoux, not forget to mention the Malpère, the Cabardès and the La Clape wines. Besides the well-known Vin de Pays d'Oc and Vin de Pays de l'Aude, you will also find organic produced wines here, which are extracted from the alcoholic fermentation of organically grown grapes. Unlike "regular" wine, where extensive use is made of chemical agents, the grapes are grown in organic culture without the use of any chemically composed product...
Les Produits Du Terroir

Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel  Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel

Le Coquelicot
Charming Villa, Sleeps 6, located in Bouilhonnac (Aude), private swimming pool!

Train touristique du pays Cathare et du Fenouillèdes

Train touristique du pays Cathare et du Fenouillèdes - Axat - Rivesaltes

The Cathar Fenouilledes country train runs along a railway between Rivesaltes in the Pyrenees Orientales ans Axat in Aude, dignified heritage from the City of the South and a radial relationship between Carcassonne and Rivesaltes. Along the way you can see numerous and remarkable works of art as it winds its way through valleys and tunnels: Flirting languidly with the rivers Agly and Aude, it reveals the rocky countryside, sprinkled with vineyards on the mountainside, dominated by many notables sites (The Catlar Castle at Queribus, The Tour of Far, the relay station of froça real...) before reaching the forest at the end of an audacious railway journey...

Les Quatre Châteaux de Lastours

Les Quatre Châteaux de Lastours

Built on the top of bedrock at 300m above sea level, the four towers of the site of Lastours (Cabaret, Tour Régine, and Surdespine Quertinheux) proudly dominate the course of Orbiel (the river of olive trees) and the torrent Grésilhou in a wild landscape bristling with cypress. Lock Cabardès since the early Middle Ages, they controlled one of the main pathways in the Cabardès and the Montagne Noire and took all their importance at the time of the crusade against the Albigensians. Archaeological excavations carried out since 1980 under the direction of Marie-Elise Gardel, have helped to uncover the medieval village of Cabaret, the Mecca of Catharism and the resistance against the Crusader armies...

Hotels   Restaurants   Accommodations   Campsites

Hotel Le Parc

Hotel Le Parc - Restaurant La Table de Franck Putelat - Carcassonne

4-star Le Parc hotel and its several elegantly and soberly designed bedrooms offer visitors to Carcassonne a journey to savour. Take time out of the daily routine to relish in a unique and emotionally rich experience provided by the restaurant’s delicious, inventive cuisine in a delightful calm setting. In the hotel, located in its 600m² grounds at the foot of the ramparts, wood and slate combine in warmth to provide perfect harmony. The establishment offers great comfort and rich emotions, the perfect setting for guests to savour the experience of dining at La Table de Franck Putelat. The 4 suites and 3 luxury bedrooms give a feeling of fluidity, enhanced by the open bathrooms and the large bay windows that blur the boundaries between the interior, with its contemporary design, and the exterior, with its flourishing vegetation...

Hotel de la Cité

Hôtel de la Cité - Carcassonne

Late in the evenings, as daytime visitors head home, a magical atmosphere cloaks Carcassonne. As your footsteps echo over the cobblestones, you’ll soon discover why Hôtel de la Cité by Orient-Express is the ideal base from which to explore this fairytale city. Set within the circular walls of the citadel and amidst the most romantic gardens, the hotel presents each guest with a unique experience. Whether sipping wine under the towering trees or sampling some of the region's most cutting-edge cuisine at La Barbacane, Hôtel de la Cité offers a magical mixture of the medieval and the contemporary...

Hotel Restaurant
La Bastide Cabezac

Hotel Restaurant La Bastide Cabezac - Bize-Minervois

Much more than a three-star hotel, La Bastide Cabezac is a haven of relaxation and conviviality, in a comfortable setting, aglow with warm Mediterranean colours and ideal for a stay that will combine simplicity and taste. Its 12 rooms and suites, its swimming-pool and patio, its conference room, its wine cellar and the refined food of its gourmet restaurant are just so many invitations to enjoyment and well-being. Each room has been given a unique personal touch with traditional regional decoration. No doubt heir genuine and refined charm as well as their equipment...

Château des Ducs de Joyeuse

Château Des Ducs De Joyeuse - Couiza

This listed 16th century chateau is located on extensive grounds on the banks of the River Aude. The ancient fortress-turned-hotel subtly blends medieval tradition with modern confort - and it has an excellent restaurant too (it is important that you reserve a table in advance)....
Terra Vinea

Terra Vinea - Portel-des-Corbières
du Vieux Puits

Auberge du Vieux Puits - Fontjoncouse

If you love excellent food and wine, then there can be no finer restaurant in the South of France as Auberge du Vieux Puits. This 3 star Michelin restaurant is run by the celebrated French chef, Gilles Goujon. I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food, the service, the wine, the cheese . . . all were excellent. 5 hats in Gault Millau and 3 stars in Michelin....

Le Grand Cap

Restaurant Le Grand Cap - Leucate

Formed in the Kitchens of Franck Putelat and after a detour to Meurice in Paris, it is in 2010 that Chef Erwan Houssin will open his first restaurant in Avignon which will be starred. Today he returns to his native land with Le Grand Cap to propose a gastronomy all in delicacy and imprint of the marine flavors in a magnificent setting. Located on the eastern tip of the Corbières Maritimes in the department of Aude, this peninsula offers a magnificent landscape that lodges between Earth and Sea...
Le Puits du Trésor

Restaurant Le Puits du Trésor - Lastours

Restaurant Le Puits du Trésor is created by a young and promising Chef, Jean Marc Boyer. He took this rather risky bet in 2002: open a gourmet restaurant in a somewhat isolated place. And he turned it into a success! When you taste the cuisine here now, see the place that is modern and traditional all in one go you clearly see it. The cuisine is refined, delicated, generous, a cuisine that has gourmets from around here and elsewhere coming in great numbers. This is a promising address that has more than one trick in store for you! A well of flavours and scents that we encourage you to discover close to Lastours. With a modern and elegant décor, le Puits du Trésor offers a great moment of gourmet communion. The compositions are often renewed to surprise you and charm you several times...
Les Grands Buffets

Les Grands Buffets - Narbonne

Les Grands Buffets, is first and foremost… very large buffets (the biggest in France) where you can enjoy as much as you like of everything you like: Foie gras, charcuterie, seafood, smoked salmon, suckling pig, poultry, cheeses, pastries, etc.. Right in the middle is a magnificent spit roasting a gargantuan spread of meats, while king prawns, squid and even foie gras sizzle on the plancha! Over 370 products, including 100 pastries. Specific detail: All the wines, the best from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, are served at producer prices!...

Carcassonne Patrimoine Mondial

La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée
  L'Abreuvoir - Bouilhonnac

L'Abreuvoir - Bouilhonnac

Charming Villa, Sleeps 6, located in Lacombe (Aude), private swimming pool

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Brocantes, Puces, Vide-greniers and Foires Brocantes
Brocantes, Puces,
Vide-greniers and Foires Brocantes

  For a list of regular Flea Markets in the Aude and neighboring departments, click on links...

Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Aude!

Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Hérault!

Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Tarn!

Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Ariège!

Flea Markets and "Vide-Greniers" Pyrénées-Orientales!

Brocantes, Puces, Vide-greniers and Foires Brocantes
Le Sentier Cathare

Le Sentier Cathare - Port-la-Nouvelle /// Foix
  Through the department of Aude and through, enables the Cathar Trail hike (or bike) combining the beauty of the landscape, visiting several Cathar castles and athletic relaxation. History and Geography are two inseparable matters when it comes to the Cathar Trail. Put your foot on the Cathar Trail, and you'll be transported 8 centuries ago!

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale
Côte Vermeille

Campsite Côte Vermeille - Port-La-Nouvelle

Côte Vermeille Campsite is located in Port-La-Nouvelle in the region of Languedoc Roussillon.... Port La Nouvelle is lined with miles and miles of golden sandy beaches and offers a wide range of free activities throughout the season in a friendly environment that families will love. The fishing and commercial port and marina give the small town a traditional flavour. The campsite features a water park covering 400m² for the whole family to make a splash all day long. Or, with direct access to the beach, why not bathe in the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean? 2 new water slides, 61 and 64 metres long, starting 6.5 metres high!...

de la Cité

Campsite de la Cité - Carcassonne

Timeless magic under the Carcassonne sun. Spend an unforgettable holiday at the foot of the city walls of Carcassonne, a superb medieval town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will be welcomed in a very pleasant family campsite, exceptionally located in a region that abounds in breathtaking natural, cultural and gastronomic riches. Stroll through lively alleyways, dig into the famous cassoulet, enjoy the concerts and shows inside the ramparts, discover the Black Mountain or the Canal du Midi: an invitation to travel back in time to the century of Catharism...

Campsite L'Hippocampe

Campsite L'Hippocampe - Argelès-sur-Mer

This 5 star campsite is only 900 metres from the beach and is honoured to be partners with La Sirene, situated just across the road. The bracelet “club” gives you full access to the facilities and activities on both campsites. You can profit from all of the excellent services at La Sirene, and benefit from the calm that comes with a smaller campsite! Its heated aquatic park makes Hippocampe a dream destination for Low season. For our sports fans, Hippocampe has a large sports complex (football, multi-sports pitch, basket ball, beach volley…) where tournaments are organised for adults and kids. All of these facilities make Hippocampe a campsite that is highly recommended for a family holiday, for couples and for anyone that appreciates the pleasures of campsite life and of course…. being on holiday!!!!

Le Sérignan Plage

Campsite Le Sérignan Plage - Sérignan Plage

When you're looking for a holiday on a campsite, Le Sérignan Plage campsite in South France is the obvious choice: it's easy to get to, has beautiful beachside holiday parks, and wonderful weather! If you choose the Yelloh! Village Le Sérignan Plage campsite, you'll find all this and more. In its oasis of greenery, our Village is as snug as a Provencal inn facing the Mediterranean. A top-quality campsite with a variety of facilities and activities, and a superb aqua park boasting 4 pools. Here, thanks to the balneotherapy, this is heaven for those who want to unwind, and the little nippers will be in their element with their own special facilities. A world of fresh water and sunshine for you to enjoy, amidst the fragrances of the Midi...

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