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Aude Pays Cathare, it's here :



Located in the south of France between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees, the Aude department draws its wealth from a varied topography in which everyone will find their happiness. Between outdoor activities and cultural escapades, all the ingredients are there for an unforgettable stay.


Located close to the two major metropolises of Montpellier and Toulouse, the new region of Occitania has many surprises in store for you. Rich in an extraordinary diversity of heritage and landscapes, Occitania conceals many treasures just waiting to be discovered.


A real land of revolt during the crusades, the « Aude, pays cathare » has suffered many religious conflicts. It has nevertheless managed to preserve an exceptional built heritage composed of its castles and abbeys set in sumptuous rural settings.


By car :
« Autoroute des Deux Mers » (A61) Highway « La Languedocienne » (A9)
By bus :
Audelignes, public transport network
By train :
SNCF Stations Carcassonne, Narbonne, Lézignan-Corbières, Perpignan
By plane :
Montpellier, Toulouse and Carcassonne Airports
By walking :
Le sentier cathare (GR®367)

Minimum equipment


In my bag, I'm taking…

  • A good pair of sneakers (some hilltop castles require walking a few meters on uneven ground…)
  • A hot summer kit : plentiful water, a hat, sunglasses (there are few shadows on the citadels…)
  • A camera (it would be a shame not to bring back memories...)
  • Some cash (not every village has a cash machine…)

Good practices

  • I leave no trace of my passage and I collect my garbage
  • I respect wildlife
  • I discover the flora without trampling it or picking it
  • I respect the reception, signage and marking equipment
  • I remain discreet and courteous with the other users or the local residents