Country, village, town and coast - a rural departémént
The Aude, department 11, is one of the most southerly in France, and La Montagne Noire looks south across the Plain of Carcassonne to the Pyrénées beyond. There are many worthwhile places to visit from here – some close by, others a fair distance.
Cité de Carcassonne
Swimming lake at Pradelles Cabardes
Authentic markets at Mazamet and Revel
Châteaux de Lastours, about 10km
Tasting locally produced Cabardès and Minervois wines
Vide Greniers in nearby villages every weekend in summer
Many waymarked randonnées - footpaths - through unspoilt uplands with stunning views
Attractions further afield
Sandy Méditérranean beaches within a 1 hour drive
The ancient Cité of Minerve
Narbonne and Béziers, both accessible by rail
Toulouse, France's elegant fourth city, has galleries galore, plenty of eateries and shopping.
Dali museum at Figueres, Spain about 2.5 hours by road
Andorra - just about do-able in a day
Travelling in the Aude
This is a very rural department with limited public transport. Distances between places can be relatively large, so having access to a car is essential if you want to see much of it. It's well served by road, rail and air.