Visit Aude in the heart of Languedoc in the south of France and discover UNESCO World Heritage sites, Cathar castles, medieval villages, vineyards, coastline and plenty of sporting activities.
In the heart of Languedoc, in the south of France, the département of Aude is named after the River Aude, which flows through it from the Pyrénées to Carcassonne and to the Mediterranean Sea.
Today, the Aude département markets itself to tourists at “Le Pays Cathare – Cathar Country” and with some reason. This area contains a dozen of Cathar castles. Most of Cathar country lies under the influence of the Mediterranean climate, but it is nonetheless a very diverse landscape.
With its wealth of historic towns, incredible natural beauty and great wines, this region of southern France is a real delight, and rich with historic, scenic and cultural sites. It is also something of a hidden gem, being relatively undisturbed by mass tourism.