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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
Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel  Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel

Le Pays Cathare
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   Holiday house rentals   Campsites

Hostellerie du Château
de la Pomarède

Hostellerie du Château de la Pomarède

Nathalie and Gérald Garcia invite you to their table in a superb 11th century Cathar castle and offer you a chance to taste their special dishes, compositions with heady flavours, subtly seasoned with spices and condiments, and using fresh, seasonal products from the region. You may also stay in one of the seven bedrooms in the hotel upstairs, reached along narrow corridors in which the subdued lighting is reminiscent of the magical atmosphere of medieval châteaux....

Hôtel 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...

Château de Floure

Château de Floure

The 4-star Castle-Hotel Château De Floure is conveniently located within a 10 minute drive from Carcassonne and a 45 minute drive from Narbonne, in Southern France. This luxury hotel in... Show more Floure has 2 swimming pools, a tennis court, a Spa and terrace. Wi-Fi is available at the bar. The Château began as a Roman Villa on the Via Aquitania between Narbonnne and Toulouse. During the Middle Ages it became a monastery before writer Gaston Bonheur turned it into his home. The beautifully decorated hotel restaurant, Le Poète Disparu, features 17th-century statuettes and serves delicious gastronomic cuisine...

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
Le Melting Pot

Restaurant Le Melting Pot - Narbonne

Welcome to the Melting Pot in the historic center of Narbonne ... The Melting Pot is an English term that reflects the mix of cultures. You will find this much diversity in our kitchen that through our atmosphere. Through our numerous trips we offer original dishes every day of the world and flavors of French tradition. Working only fresh produce, the menu changes daily...

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....
La Table
Saint Crescent

Restaurant La Table Saint Crescent - Narbonne

In a building dating back to the Middle Ages, La Table Saint Crescent ni Narbonne does not need any further publicity, it has got its cuisine talking for it, and it attracts gourmets from the whole region. Behind this charming décor you will find the kitchen, the heart and the soul of this place. Chef Lionel Giraud is the uncontested leader here, and he is preparing a feast for your senses. Mediterranean flavours are at their best here, and they take on new accents, inventive ones. Each dish is an original creation. Everything, from the basic product to the final presentation is supervised by the Chef, he learnt his trade with the greatest names....
Domaine Gayda

Domaine Gayda - Brugairolles

Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees and surrounded by its vineyards, Domaine Gayda is a new destination in the Languedoc, 25km south west of Carcassonne, in the village of Brugairolles. Nestled in the vines, our new “Paillotes” offer a unique barbecue dining experience whilst the restaurant, incorporated in the winery building, also makes for an exceptional environment in which to discover our food and wines. Enjoy the spectacular views and the modern French cuisine prepared with the passion and creativity of our chef Pascal Ledroit, an inspiring new face of food and wine for the region....

Blanquette de Limoux, Crémant de Limoux, Blanquette Méthode Ancestrale

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

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Le Bout du Monde

Campsite Le Bout du Monde - Verdun-en-Lauragais

Right at the heart of the Montagne Noire, the Le Bout du Monde Yelloh! Village is a paradise for children. Lying in a 200-hectare estate, flanked by the Haut-Languedoc regional nature reserve, our farm-auberge offers you all the delights of farm life, with a renowned hostelry for food lovers. As for the accommodation, it's a total change of scenery: fully-equipped bungalows and yurts await you. Swimming pool, tennis, volleyball, hiking, rambling... there really is something to suit all tastes...

Le Moulin de Sainte Anne

Campsite le Moulin de Sainte Anne - Villegly en Minervois

Just a few years ago le Moulin Sainte Anne was a vineyard but, with much hard work by Antoine and Magali Laclive and the backing of the Mairie, there is now a flourishing campsite on the edge of the town. There are 45 level grass pitches of a good size and hedged. All have water and electricity and are terraced where necessary and landscaped with growing trees and shrubs. The facilities are modern, well kept and in keeping with the area. They include a heated pool and a very attractive entertainment area...

Campsite Domaine d'Arnauteille

Campsite Domaine d'Arnauteille - Montclar

Surrounded by French garrigue countryside and grass farm land, Domaine de La Royale near Carcassonne in the South of France, host a Self Catering Villa (Gîte) for Holiday Rental Accommodation and a small deluxe Camping Site for Tents and Touring Caravans....

Campsite Club
Les Mimosa's

Campsite Club les Mimosa's - Narbonne

Make your holiday one of discovery. Make moment of rest an opportunity to regenerate yourself, to have fun, share moments excel and live new emotions... Within the campsite les Mimosas, you are at liberty to choose the nature of your holidays : sporting, the great outdoors, discovery... In the heart of one of the sunniest regions of France, everything is here to offer you the best holidays, the one you dream of, the one you love...
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!

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