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23 April 2021  |  Holidays, Tourism

The essentials of Aude

Welcome to Aude!

You are spending your holidays in Occitania, so be sure not to miss the unmissable attractions of Aude.

A large choice of activities and visits are available to you during your stay. Located between Cabardès and the Mediterranean coast, Aude is a land rich in heritage and diversity. Discover the City of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, the Cathar Castles, the vineyards and tourist villages.

1) The City of Carcassonne

Cité de Carcassonne UNESCO


You may have asked yourself the question? 3 kilometers of ramparts and 52 towers! Welcome to the Cité de Carcassonne. The largest fortified city in Europe. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous medieval city of Aude, admirably restored in the 19th century by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, is one of the most visited destinations in France.

Cité de Carcassonne UNESCO


Ideal for a historic stroll, to enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants or to buy souvenirs of this unique destination.

From June to August, you can book your tickets for the Famous Carcassonne Festival. There will be something for everyone: with concerts with great world-famous artists, classical music, theater, dance and various French varieties.

2) The Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi

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Linking Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea since the 17th century, you can walk along the Canal du Midi. Shaded walk, bike or aboard a boat, you will have the pleasure of discovering the Canal du Midi.

3) The castles of the Cathar country

  • Château de Peyrepertuse

  • Château d'Arques

  • Château de Lastours

  • Château de Puilaurens

  • Château de Quéribus

  • Château de Puivert

  • Château de Villerouge-Termenes

Château Peyrepertuse

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The choice is long... why not start by discovering Châteaux Audois.

4) Vineyards - Wine tourism


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With 21 wine appellations spread over 40,000 hectares. Among these 8 are red, rosé, white and sparkling; Fitou, Corbières, Minervois, Clape, Quatourze, Cabardès, Malepère and Limoux.

- The vineyards of Vendéoles - Château Beauregard Mirouze - The Vineyards of Carsac

Visit the estates, taste and buy your favorite wines whilst on holiday in the department.

5) Touristic villages


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Walk through the typical alleys and streets and explore the pretty tourist villages of Audois, such as Caunes-Minervois, Lagrasse, Rennes-le-Château, Montolieu 'the village of books' and much more.

Aude is the ideal department for your holidays in Occitanie!

Where to stay?

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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