Rennes-le-Chateau tourism and travel guide

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Visit Rennes-le-Chateau: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: A small village with lovely views, it is also the legends associating Rennes-le-Chateau with the Holy Grail that attracts many visitors here

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Rennes-le-Chateau. For detailed visitor information see the Rennes-le-Chateau travel guide.

Rennes-le-Chateau is situated in the Aude department and Languedoc-Roussillon region (now part of the Occitanie region), in the south of France at 33 kilometres from Carcassonne, the department capital (general information: Rennes-le-Chateau is 659 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Alet-les-Bains at 8 km and Gorges de l'Aude at 9 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Rennes-le-Chateau, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Rennes-le-Chateau in Occitanie.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Aude

Map of places to visit near Rennes-le-Chateau

Markets in and near Rennes-le-Chateau

  • Esperaza: market Thursday & Sunday (3km)
  • Quillan: market Wednesday & Saturday (9km)
  • Limoux: market Friday all day (15km)
  • Belesta: market Tuesday & Thursday (27km)
  • Carcassonne: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (33km)
  • Lavelanet: market Wednesday & Friday (34km)
  • Mirepoix: market Thursday & Monday (36km)
  • Prades: market Tuesday (37km)
  • Bram: market Wednesday (37km)
  • Ille-sur-Tet: market Wednesday & Friday (41km)

More information about Rennes-le-Chateau, Languedoc-Roussillon

Tourist attractions near Rennes-le-Chateau, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Rennes-le-Chateau.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

  • Carcassonne (33km)
  • Villefranche-de-Conflent enceinte / fort (Vauban fortifications) (38km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Pyrenees Catalanes (45km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Sainte Marie de Marcevol (Arboussols) (35km)
  • Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuixa (Codalet) (40km)
  • Chapelle de Casenoves (Ille-sur-tet) (41km)
  • Eglise de Sainte-Marie (Corneilla-de-Conflent) (41km)
  • Prieuré de Serrabone (Boule-d'Amont) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc aux Bambous (48km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Gorges de la Pierre-Lys (11km)
  • Gorges de l'Orbieu (18km)
  • Gorges de Galamus (20km)
  • Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes (27km)
  • Cité de Carcassonne (32km)
  • Orgues d'Ille-sur-Tet (41km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale de Nyer (44km)
  • Lac du Bouillouses (45km)
  • Lac des Bouillouses (45km)
  • Cirque du Sisca (56km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Rennes-le-Chateau

Canton: Couiza

Arrondissement: Limoux

Department: Aude

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

New region: Occitanie

Postcode: 11190

Distance to Rennes-le-Chateau

from Carcassonne (prefecture): 33 km

from Paris: 659 km

from Calais: 893 km

from Nice: 414 km

from Bordeaux: 311 km

from Strasbourg: 759 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Rennes-le-Chateau from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 15 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Antugnac, Campagne-sur-Aude, Cassaignes, Conilhac-de-la-Montagne, Couiza, Coustaussa, Esperaza, Granes, Luc-sur-Aude, Montazels, Peyrolles, Rennes-les-Bains, Saint-Ferriol, Saint-Just-et-le-Bezu and Serres.

This page in French: Visiter Rennes-le-Chateau