Plan a holiday in the Cathar Country using these great itineraries for ideas and inspiration. Whether you fancy a trip along the mediaeval castles, or along the famous Canal du Midi, a tour of the vineyards and wine domains, or are looking for the best sporting activities, you'll find the perfect itinerary in the Aude.
Castles and Abbeys of the Cathar Country
Follow our castle and abbeys itineraries and discover the epic of the Cathars, from the must-see mediaeval city of Carcassonne to the eagle nest fortresses of the Corbières and Pyrenees...
Each castle has a unique and turbulent history stretching back, in some cases, more than 1,000 years.
Canal du Midi
Under the shadows of the plane trees, test as a pleasure-boater, cyclist or hiker, the genuine way of life on the Canal du Midi.
The Canal is a succession of straits, locks, tunnels, twists and turns... and emotions.
Our itinerary will allow you to tread the Via Domitia and Via Aquitania, used at the beginning of our era by the Roman legions, to discover the remains of this glorious past, visit museums on Roman art and history, or to take a crash course in amphora crafting.
The Sentier Cathare or Cathar Trail extends for 200 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pyrenees. It has a wide diversity of sceneries: coastal lagoons, hillside vineyards, Mediterranean garrigue scrubland, Pyrenean forests, gorges and mountains.
A number of citadels built on dizzyingly high rocky peaks are dotted along the route and recall a page of mediaeval history in southern France: Catharism in the Languedoc
Find ideas in our nature itineraries through the Aude.
Use the inspiration to plan a trip in the great outdoors with amazing views, outstanding natural settings made for outdoor activities, and lots to explore.
Food and drink trails
Follow a food and drink itinerary and find out why the Aude Cathar Country is famous for its fresh produces and unique wines.
Whether you are following the "route du Cassoulet" or touring the route of the Appellation wines, whether you meal in gastronomical or "terroir" restaurants, you will always find samples to enjoy along the way.
Mediterranean Seaside resorts
50 km of wonderful sandy beaches houses Aude 's sea resorts. Each of them offers its special atmosphere and a wide range of nautical or leisure activities.
From sailing to rambling, cycling or birdwatching in preserved areas, from windsurfing to sunbathing !