Aude places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. See also our detailed Aude guide.

Aude sightseeing and tourist information

photo of Alet-les-Bains


The abbey ruins are the most imposing monument in Alet-les-Bains but be sure to explore the town to discover the ot [...]

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photo of Bize-Minervois


Bize-Minervois is a small village but its pretty houses and popular swimming river in summer make it a good place f [...]

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photo of Carcassonne


The medieval fortress-town of Carcassonne is very extensive and very interesting. Highly recommended! [...]

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photo of Castelnaudary


Slightly away from tourist routes, Castelnaudary has a pleasant canal port and is the town where cassoulet was inve [...]

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photo of Caunes-Minervois


If you are exploreing the Minervois wine region you will also want to take a break in the small village of Caunes-M [...]

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photo of Chateau d'Aguilar

Chateau d'Aguilar

The Château d'Aguilar is one of the most famous Cathar castles in the south of France [...]

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Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Visit the Peyrepertuse Castle, the most popular of the Cathar castles found in the south of France [...]

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photo of Chateau de Puilaurens

Chateau de Puilaurens

Castle Puilaurens is a Cathar castle of France in a beautiful mountain location [...]

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photo of Chateau de Queribus

Chateau de Queribus

Castle Quéribus is a famous castle on the summit of a mountain in the south of France used by the Cathars [...]

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Chateau de Termes

Château De Termes is one of the most important Cathar castles in southern France [...]

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photo of Fontfroide Abbey

Fontfroide Abbey

The Abbey at Fontfroide dates from the 12th century, and is one of the most interesting abbeys in the region [...]

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photo of Gorges de l'Aude

Gorges de l'Aude

The Gorges de l'Aude are a scenic highlight to explore close to Carcassonne [...]

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photo of Gruissan


As well as the pleasure port and old village centre, Gruissan is also well known for its windsurfing [...]

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photo of La Palme

La Palme

La Palme is a small traditional village in Languedoc-Roussillon with a beach, lagoon and vineyards to explore [...]

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photo of La Pomarede

La Pomarede

Very tiny so don't travel for ages to get here but if you are passing the village of La Pomarede it is a lovely pla [...]

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photo of Lagrasse


The romantic atmosphere in medieval Lagrasse have made it a popular centre for artisans and artists [...]

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photo of Leucate


The resort at Leucate is one of the liveliest and most interesting along the Languedoc coast [...]

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photo of Limoux


The small town of Limoux is best visited in late spring to enjoy the Carnival of Limoux, one of the oldest and best [...]

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photo of Montolieu


Built on the edge of a deep ravine, Montolieu is well known as a centre for historic books and book production [...]

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photo of Narbonne


Among other highlights, the parts of Narbonne along the canal and around the cathedral are especially worth explori [...]

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photo of Port-la-Nouvelle


One of the largest industrial ports in France, Port-la-Nouvelle also has a popular beach resort in the town [...]

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photo of Quillan


Be sure to take a stroll through Quillan as part of your trip to explore the Aude countryside [...]

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photo of Rennes-le-Chateau


A small village with lovely views, it is also the legends associating Rennes-le-Chateau with the Holy Grail that at [...]

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photo of Rennes-les-Bains


Rennes-les-Bains is a traditional spa town in the Aude countryside [...]

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photo of Saint-Hilaire


Saint-Hilaire is a pleasant village that is dominated by the lovely Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, built in the 13th-14th [...]

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photo of Saissac


In Saissac the highlights include the views from the top of the village and the castle at the bottom of the village [...]

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photo of Sigean Nature Reserve

Sigean Nature Reserve

Sigean is a very popular wildlife park where thousands of animals such as lions, zebras nd rhinoceroslive in semi-f [...]

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For more information about the department see the detailed Aude travel guide


Market towns & days in Aude

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Bram: Wednesday
Carcassonne: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Castelnaudary: Monday all day
Coursan: every day except Monday
Esperaza: Thursday & Sunday
Fleury: every day
Gruissan: every day except Thursday
Leucate: Saturday & Monday & Wednesday & Thursday (high season only)
Lezignan-Corbieres: Wednesday
Limoux: Friday all day
Narbonne: Sunday
Narbonne: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Monday (high season only)
Port-la-Nouvelle: Saturday (high season only)
Port-la-Nouvelle: Wednesday
Quillan: Wednesday & Saturday
Sigean: Tuesday & Friday

Selected tourist attractions in the Aude department

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

African reserve of Sigean

Towns of Art and History

Narbonne: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Gorges de Galamus

Gouffre de Cabrespine

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Carcassonne: Tourist guide

Narbonne: Tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Fontfroide (Narbonne)

Regional Natural Parcs

Narbonnaise en Méditerranée

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Limoux: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Lagrasse: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Carcassonne: Tourist guide

Grand Sites of France

Carcassonne City: Tourist guide