The Cathar Castles
Discover the many Cathar Castles in the "pays du Cathare" area of the Aude.
Or if you wish to see them all, why not take on the Sentier Cathare route.
The market town of Quillan, known as the Gateway to the Pyrenees, has a twice weekly market and a night market during the summer months and many Festivals. With plenty of restaurants to chose from, an outdoor swimming pool and a swimming lake with a beach, play area, boat hire and picnic areas, with only being 3.5km away its well worth a visit
UNESCO World Heritage site of the medieval city of Carcassonne
Situated on the right bank of the river Aude, the Medieval Citadel, listed a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a medieval architectural ensemble unique in Europe both for its size and for its excellent state of preservation. Its history has been marked by 2000 years of conquests and by the legacy of Catharism and the Crusades.
Only 50km away it is easily reachable by car or take advantage of the one euro train/bus which leaves Quillan & Campagne Sur Aude
Places of interest
The Gorges de Galamus
This natural site is classified and protected, the grandiose site of the Gorges de Galamus will surprise you with its spectacular views. The waters of the Agly dug these limestone walls over 500 metres deep to reach the Mediterranean.
Rennes les Chateau

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the untamed upper reaches of the Aude valley, Rennes-le-Château is cloaked in mysteries that have yet to be explained…


Explore this timeless village and discover the extraordinary story of Father Bérenger Saunière, the humble priest who changed the course of Rennes-le-Château’s fortunes forever.

Collioure (110km) is a picture postcard village sat on the Mediterranean coast just north of the Spanish border with it's 800 year old Chateau Royal and Notre Dame des Anges, the waterfront church.
The old town’s beauty has to be seen to be truly appreciated and has attracted a multitude of artists over the years. Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Dufy, Chagall and Marquet, with Matisse and Derain leading the Fauvism movement during their period of time living there. 
It is well worth the visit, but be aware it does get very busy!