Holy Grail

The Aude,
Cathar Country

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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….

La Cité, Carcassone

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…

    Sites Pays Cathare    Les Citadelles du Vertige    La Région Occitanie Pyrénées Méditerranée    Qualité Tourisme Occitanie Sud de France    Grands Sites Occitanie Sud de France

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.

Ville de Carcassonne

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!

Prime Carcassonne La Cite

Perhaps in terms of sights, the Aude is the best place in the south of France. The enormously varied sights form a motley collection of towns, castles, abbeys, beaches, lakes, villages and mountains. There is something for everyone here. One of France’s busiest sights is located in the middle of the Aude department. Not for nothing is Carcassonne on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Carcassonne is an impressive fortified city that is incredibly well preserved. The completely walled fortress is the largest in Europe and consists of many towers, bridges, gates and beautiful, medieval streets. Within the city walls you will find many charming stores and restaurants…

Gastronomy

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).

        La Communauté de Communes de la Montagne Noire      Canal du Midi    Unesco World Heritage Convention    Grand Carcassonne Tourisme

Blanquette de LimouxThe 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…

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