Visit Quillan (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
Quillan is situated in the South of the Aude department and south of Carcassonne. Set in the centre of a circle of mountains at an altitude of 300 metres, it is probably the scenery and Cathar history that will attract you to this part of the country.
Quillan itself is a pleasant town to explore, and also quite a good size which makes it an excellent base for exploring Cathar country.
Quillan lies on the edge of the River Aude and has various squares in which you can sit and stop for a coffee or lunch.
The Place de la Republique is adjacent to the old bridge over the river. It is a pleasant spot to stop for a coffee and watch more adventurous souls head down the river in their canoes or kayaks.
On the other side of the river is the Chateau. This was built in a very simple square design in the 14th century. Much of it has been taken away as pieces of stone for building the local houses but the base part of the castle remains and looks over the Place de la Republique.
The strangest building in Quillan is the Tourist Information Office which used to be a bath house. It has quite a Moorish feel to it.
The church in Quillan is an attractive one with a tall square tower and a round section all built of stone from the river giving it almost a pebbled finish.
Perhaps the highlight of Quillan though is to cross the old bridge, an attractive stone arched bridge, and look at the long line of riverside dwellings. These are interesting tall narrow houses and you get a backdrop of the Pyrenees foothills behind and the fast-flowing river below. Very nice.
Quillan is a popular centre for anyone interested in water sports such as white-water rafting or kayaking. The town is also next to the very scenic Gorges de l'Aude.
Other highlights within easy reach are the cathar castles at Peyrepertuse and Queribus to the east, and the village of Camon to the north-west of Quillan (Camon is officially one of the most beautiful village in France).
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Address: Quillan, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, 11500 || GPS: latitude 42.8742, longitude 2.18253
Map of Quillan & places nearby
Highlights close by
Gorges de l'Aude 0km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Quillan, France
- Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes - site of natural beauty (20km)
- Limoux - recommended detour (21km)
- Camon - most beautiful village (24km)
- Gorges de Galamus - site of natural beauty (25km)
- Mosset - most beautiful village (27km)
- Eus - most beautiful village (34km)
- Prades - recommended detour (35km)
- Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications) - heritage site (35km)
- Villefranche-de-Conflent - most beautiful village (35km)
- Eglise de Sainte Marie de Marcevol (Arboussols) - religious monument (35km)
Market days in Quillan: Regular market(s) are held in Quillan each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Quillan (Francais)