• The cathare castles and impressive citadels : Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens also Arques and Termes.

  • The amazing fortifications of the medieval city of Carcassonne (an UNESCO World Heritage)

  • The abbeys and Romanesque churches.

  • Cucugnan : the Theatre of Achille Mir

  • The Prehistoric Museum in Tautavel

  • The Museum of Dinosaurs in Espéraza

  • The summer festivals in Carcassonne and Montolieu.

  • Nature :

  • Numerous walking routes

  • Le pech de Bugarach (1231 m)

  • Les gorges de Galamus (canyon)

  • The caves and chasm in Cabrespine and Limousis. 

  • Thermal spa and health restoring institutes: Rennes-Ies-Bains, Alet-les-Bains

  • Sports:

  • numerous hiking tours for novice and advanced walkers.

  • several tracks for bikes and motorbikes.

  • aquatic sport : canyoning, rafting, canoeing and kayak

  • rock climbing and speleology

  • ski resorts in the Pyrenees 30 minutes to one hour

  • The Mediterranean is one hour's drive away.

  • Horse riding. 

  • Hot air balloon

  • Useful links

  • Departmental tourism  committee of AUDE :        abbeys,          castles

  • The Cathars country.

  • The city Carcassonne and surrounding area.

  • The Couiza region (in French): Activities in open air, thermal spa, Calendar of manifestations ...

  • The community of tourist communes in Aude: the sports and the culture (free touring maps)

  • By aeroplane


    - By bus or coach: Coach transfers to the city centre and railwaystation run every 20 minutes and take about 30 minutes and cost €3.90
    - Rent a car at the airport of Toulouse.


    • CHEAP with Ryanair (starting at 25 €) from Dublin, Stansted, Nottingham, Liverpool, Shannon.

    Rent a car at the airport of  Carcassonne. 
    - The airport shuttle takes you to the city of Carcassonne and railwaystation(5€).


    - The airport shuttle takes you to the city of Perpignan and railwaystation(4,5€).

    By train

    • Eurostar directly from London Waterloo to Toulouse (170 £)

    • With Eurostar from London Waterloo to Paris North and from Paris Austerlitz to Carcassonne (with Corailteoz) (320€)

    • Toulouse - Carcassonne - Narbonne  with TGV , Corail or TER  

    • Carcassonne-Couiza-Quillan : with TER regional train  for 10€.

    • Rent a car at the railwaystation Carcassonne (Bastide St Louis) at Ada, Hertz or Avis


    By car

    The A61/E80 motorway up to Carcassonne (exit 24) .
    Then take  D118  towards Limoux.

    To Bugarach : take D118 up to Couiza
    To Lamalayrède : take D118 up to Quillan.

    Villa, Gite La Genivrière Gite Lamalayrède Bugarach village Quillan town The Couiza region Return to the map of Aude regionExactly in the centre, the heart of cathar country. Rennes-le-Chateau in the foothills of the Pyrenees dans l'aude. Villa with swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, covered by forests and preserved nature.