Les promesses de l’Aude

When I discovered Aude for the first time, I was immediately struck by the extreme richness of its landscapes.,
a multitude of special atmospheres shaped by its history, its climatic diversity, its relief.

 

On this page I will give you my favorites, the essentials to see or do during your stay.

 

Let’s set off together to discover this magnificent region and believe me, the Aude really keeps all its promises.
https://visit-lanarbonnaise.com/

Logo Côte du Midi

https://www.audetourisme.com

The Canal du Midi

Priority obliges since the house has the chance to border the banks. This very bucolic landscape invites you to stroll and slowly discover, to the rhythm of the waves, closer to the nature it offers us. On foot, by bike or by boat you will appreciate the many bridges, the locks, the landscapes of this jewel of history listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stopover is essential at the Somail library “find everything from the book”.

 

https://www.plan-canal-du-midi.com

Carcassonne

45 minutes from “the promise of the Aude”, Carcassonne , a unique medieval city, rich in 2500 years of history and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a must in the Aude. Epicenter of the Cathar country, crossroads of several remarkable regions, it opens the door to the Black Mountain and its thick forests, the Minervois and its sun-drenched vines and the Corbières with its mineral landscape.


The Corbières and the Cathar country

22 exceptional and inspiring sites make up the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the Cathar country in Aude. Vertiginous castles, vestiges of a tormented era and abbeys follow one another to form a large format history book. Between 1h and 1h30 of winding roads from Minervois to Corbières, breathtaking witnesses of the natural beauty of our planet, the 1st Cathar castles impose their power and their magnificence but also their fragility, the pain and the wounds of the madness of Men.

 

The Châteaux de Lastours , the citadels of vertigo, the Château de Peyrepertuse, the royal vessel, the Château de Puylaurens , the elegant eminence, are my favorites without forgetting the abbey and the medieval city of Lagrasse with its timeless charm.. Fontfroide Abbey a few km from the house, one of the most beautiful and best preserved in France is a place of peace and inspiration.

 

https://www.payscathare.org/

Between sea and lagoons

The lagoons constituting a prime ornithological zone are the jewels of the department’s coastal zone. From Massif de la Clape where you can admire the chasm of the soft eye , take the time to walk the footpaths from pond to pond, take the height to embrace in a single glance 360° of wild nature, the lagoons echoing the infinite ribbons of the beaches of the Mediterranean until at the cliff of Leucate with colorful houses. Take advantage of these bodies of water as far as the eye can see to practice or learn about the many board sports including sand yachting or kite surfing in the spotlight each year at the Mondial du vent . Since the 1970s, the Sigean reserve has been a high place for the preservation of African wildlife, a total change of scenery for young and old.

 

https://www.parc-naturel-narbonnaise.fr/

http://www.mondialduvent.fr/

https://www.reserveafricainesigean.fr/

The vineyards and the gastronomy

Nine controlled designations of origin share the territory of the Aude, which makes it a department of great wine culture with a thousand-year-old tradition. The promise of Aude will be happy to introduce you to its personal selections. Cassoulet from Castelnaudary, oysters from Gruissan, eels, charcuterie from the Montagne Noire, snails from Languedoc…and many other delicacies to treat you to local specialities.

 

https://www.aude.fr/les-vignobles-audois

https://www.keldelice.com/guide/aude

Narbonne la Romaine

Only 15 minutes from Sallèles d’Aude, you will discover Narbonne crossed by the canal de la Robine , go and taste oysters in its superb halls and lose yourself in the maze of streets steeped in history dotted with colorful terraces. Narbonne la Romaine , last Latin city before Perpignan the Catalan at the gates of Spain , for those who want to push the discovery further.