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Political Geography of the Languedoc: The département of the Aude ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Aude)

 

The arms of the Aude. The logo of the Aude. The département is named after the River Aude, which flows through it north from the Pyrenees to Carcassonne and then east to the Mediterranean Sea. It is divided into 3 arrondissements: Carcassonne , Limoux and Narbonne. There are 34 cantons, of which 29 are separate towns.

The departmental number of the Aude (which you will find encoded in French numbers — eg telephone numbers, post codes and numbers on motor car vehicle registration plates) is 11.

 

Traditional Aude costumesIn 1790, the département of Aude was formed from the eastern part of the old Province of Languedoc. Carcassonne, the Aude département's capital, contains a picturesque citadel (Cité of Carcassonne) with its restored medieval fortifications and buildings, including the Castle of the Viscounts of Carcassonne (the Château Comtal). Today, the Aude département markets itself to tourists at Le Pays Cathare - Cathar Country and with some reason. This area contains half a dozen so called "Cathar Castles" with many others dotted around its landward borders.

Tourist branding in the AudeOn the east, the Aude département boarders the Gulf of Lyon. To the south lies the département of Pyrénées-Orientales. To the west are the départements of Haute-Garonne and Ariège. To the north is the département of Tarn; the département of Hérault is to the northeast. Most of the Aude département is drained by the Aude River basin.

Cities: Carcassonne (capital of the Aude), Narbonne

Towns: Castelnaudary, Espéraza , Lagrasse, Lavalette, Leucat, Lezignan-Corbieres, Limoux, Montredon-des des-Corbières, La Redorte, Quillan, Trebes.

Villages: Alet-les-Bains , Rennes-le-Château, Rennes-les-Bains

Ports: Gruissan, Sigean

Attractions: Cathar Castles (Arques, Aguila, Bram, Lastours, Puilaurens, Termes), Limoux Carnival, Via Domitia, Fontfroide Abbey, Lagrasse Abbey, Saint-Papoul Abbey, Saint-Hilaire Abbey, Alet-les-Bains Abbey

Festivals: Limoux Fecos or Carnival (Fr Carnaval) in March or April followed by the Toques et Clochers wine festival near Limoux (Also in March or April)

Tourist offices: Click here.

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Click on the following link for a full list of communes of the Aude département Click here for more details of golf clubs in this area

For a recommended site on art in the Aude département, with extensive links to many contemorary artists, click on the following external link to: Aude Culture Next.

For the latest events in the Aude click on the following external link to Steve Hedges's: Aude Flyer Next.

For all sorts of information about the Aude, click on the following external link to the Ariege Aude Forum Next.

 

 

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