Its name comes from the river that crosses our department. The department of Aude is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Mountain and the Pyrenees, a beautiful cocoon to spend a calm and peaceful holiday in total serenity.
The Aude will offer you a mosaic of landscapes, will welcome you in the heart of the Cathar country, will give you a taste of the festival and will make you live beautiful experiences and beautiful exchanges with our inhabitants.
The Aude is one of the sunniest departments in France. Long sandy beaches, vineyards as far as the eye can see, the Pyrenean peaks, in a few minutes you will go from one landscape to another. The Aude is renowned for the richness and diversity of its landscapes.
Here rich spaces of great biodiversity are home to exceptional flora and fauna. Take the time to observe pink flamingos, smell the scent of olive trees, walk in the forests of the Black Mountain or the Pyrenees.
An ideal destination for sports enthusiasts, there is something for everyone: mountain biking, hiking, white water sports, climbing, horse riding...
The department of Aude is rich in heritage. Rare are the departments that have such rich traces of all the great periods of history. You will travel to the land of the Dinosaurs, you will enter the world of the Romans, you will be immersed in the history of Catharism. You will have the chance to discover a department with two UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Aude has been able to pass on its gastronomy over the years and generations. You only have to go round the markets of our department to understand the importance of gastronomy. With the musts like the cassoulet of Castelnaudary, the oysters and mussels of Leucate and Gruissan, the black truffle of the Cathar country, the olives, the honey, the cheese?
Wine lovers will be able to make a "road-trip" and discover the good wines of the department by taking the wine road, to taste the best vintages of the Audoises AOP directly at the winegrower's, in the domain.
The Aude also has many typical villages where it is good to stroll and discover the unexpected, magical places, secret places ... Between villages dedicated to the Book, village of legends and mysteries, villages dedicated to craftsmen, fishing village to the most beautiful village in France....
Our department is also a very festive destination. Between traditional carnivals, festivals of classical or contemporary music, theatre, or simple village festivals or conviviality is the key word, you will always and all year round find a place to celebrate.