Natural landscapes

Cycle touring

Aude, the Cathar Country, is an ideal haven for the practice of cycle touring. With its mild climate, the infinite variety of its landscapes, its rich heritage, the friendliness of its inhabitants, along proposed routes, you can explore at your leisure our historical, cultural and gastronomic heritage.

Sports or tourist itineraries, wine trails or Pyrenean passes, whatever your desires, you will find in the Aude the hike you want!

White water

For thrill seekers, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, white water swimming, canyoning ... Aude has a reservoir of white water springing from the Pyrenees and extending to the Aude valley and the coastal lagoons of the Mediterranean.

In the gorges and canyons there are paths specially adapted to beginners, or to competition training. Many clubs and providers, open all year round, will welcome and mentor you.

Horse-riding

For riding enthusiasts, Aude Cathar Country, offers numerous trails to explore the diversity of its landscapes. You'll discover the Pyrenees, the Corbières and ponds in the "Narbonnaise en Méditerranée", riding along paths unknown or prestigious such as the Cathar Trail, or the Transéquestre.

Training courses, hiking, walking, wilderness races, equestrian stations... The equestrian activity centres of Aude welcome you and will do everything to satisfy your passion.

The Transéquestre, coming from Lozère, crosses Aude from North to South to join the Roussillon. From the Black Mountain to the Pyrenees, the rider going along this route will have the opportunity to discover the diversity of the department of Aude.

Water sports

For lovers of sailing sports, lakes, ponds, sea lakes or Mediterranean beaches of Aude, the Cathar Country, offer ideal conditions for practice.

Cers, Marin, Tramontana, each wind has his favorite places. On the Mediterranean coast, swept by strong winds, the resorts of Leucate and Gruissan are known to be ranked among the world's best spots for windsurf, kitesurf, funboard and others...

Walks

All paths lead to the Cathar Country! These paths invite you to discover a land rich in history, welcoming and hospitable. In Aude Cathar Country, you will walk on sunny paths, discovering impressive landscapes, towering fortresses, small villages close to the heart of the vineyards, pine forests of the Pyrenees along the coastal ponds of the Mediterranean, through the scrubland of Corbières or the vineyards of Minervois ...

Over 2,000 km of trails, marked and maintained for the practice of hiking await you. From the legendary Cathar Trail (GR367) to loop walks, you'll always find hiking adapted to your taste :

The hiking paths (GR 36 and GR 7) develop from North to South across the Aude, for  several days of walking, and require full hiking equipment.

The local walking tours, from Lauragais to Mediterranean coast, are 100-200 km loops, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the landscape and local heritage.

Loops walks are designed to help discover the cultural and natural heritage around the villages, and offer circuits from one hour, to maximum a day of walking, making them perfectly suited to family outings.

Speleology

Aude has a rich and varied subterranean network, from Massif Central's Black Mountain, to  the Pyrenees.

Apart from the three holes open to public (Giant Hole of Cabrespine, Cave of Limousis and Cave of Aguzou), many caves and subterranean rivers are regularly explored by specialists.

Do not hesistate and contact specialised professionals to discover the best subterranean paths of Aude, the Cathar country!

Underwater sports

From Narbonne Plage to Port Leucate, lovers of underwater swimming will be delighted !

Initiations for autonomous diving are available.

Off Leucate and La Franqui cliffs, you can dive along abysses where marine life and flora provide an exceptional experience, even to experienced divers.