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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

Rennes-le-Chateau is situated in the Aude department and Occitanie region.

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.

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

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!

Rennes-les-Bains

Rennes-les-Bains

at 4 km (direction east)

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

See Rennes-les-Bains guide
Alet-les-Bains

Alet-les-Bains

at 8 km (direction east)

The abbey ruins are the most imposing monument in Alet-les-Bains but be...

See Alet-les-Bains guide
Gorges de l'Aude

Gorges de l'Aude

Scenery at 9 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Gorges de l'Aude guide
Quillan

Quillan

at 9 km (direction west-south-west)

Be sure to take a stroll through Quillan as part...

See Quillan guide
 
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Chateau de Puilaurens

Chateau de Puilaurens

Castle at 14 km (direction south-south-east)

Castle Puilaurens is a Cathar castle of France in a beautiful...

See Chateau de Puilaurens guide
Limoux

Limoux

at 15 km (direction north-north-west)

The small town of Limoux is best visited in late spring to...

See Limoux guide
Saint-Hilaire

Saint-Hilaire

at 19 km (direction north-north-east)

Saint-Hilaire is a pleasant village that is dominated by the lovely...

See Saint-Hilaire guide
Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Castle at 25 km (direction east)

Visit the Peyrepertuse Castle, the most popular of the Cathar castles found...

See Chateau de Peyrepertuse guide
Chateau de Termes

Chateau de Termes

Castle at 25 km (direction east-north-east)

Château De Termes is one of the most important Cathar castles in...

See Chateau de Termes guide
Camon

Camon

Most Beautiful Village at 26 km (direction west-north-west), in the Ariege department

The fortified village of Camon, listed as a 'most beautiful village of...

See Camon guide
Mosset

Mosset

Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction south-south-east), in the Pyrenees-Orientales department

The medieval streets in the heart of Mosset have helped it become...

See Mosset guide
Chateau de Queribus

Chateau de Queribus

Castle at 31 km (direction east-south-east)

Castle Quéribus is a famous castle on the summit of a...

See Chateau de Queribus guide
Molitg-les-Bains

Molitg-les-Bains

at 32 km (direction south-south-east), in the Pyrenees-Orientales department

If you are wanting a spa break in the Pyrenees mountains...

See Molitg-les-Bains guide
Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Heritage Site at 33 km (direction north-north-east)

The medieval fortress-town of Carcassonne is very extensive and very...

See Carcassonne guide

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

Map of places to visit near Rennes-le-Chateau

 
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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)

Hotels near Rennes-le-Chateau

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

Tourist attractions near Rennes-le-Chateau, France

What to do at Rennes-le-Chateau? 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 des Bouillouses (45km)
  • Lac du Bouillouses (45km)
  • Cirque du Sisca (56km)
 
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Geography and distances

Rennes-le-Chateau is in the south of France at 33 kilometres from Carcassonne, the department capital (general information: Rennes-le-Chateau is 659 kilometres from Paris).

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

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