The Aude takes its name from the river that flows through. It is part of the Occitania region. Located between Toulouse and Montpellier, this department borders the Mediterranean to the east, the Montagne Noire to the north and the Pyrenees to the south. Due to its location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees, the Aude has a wide variety of landscapes. It is also the region of the Cathars.
The city of Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and like the Canal du Midi, it is ideal to explore by bicycle or by boat. The Montagne Noire dominates the region with majestic forests and lakes.
Castelnaudary is known for its cassoulet, a local dish. It is the capital of Lauragais, an area with hills and windmills.
The Haute Vallée de l'Aude is a region with steep cliffs, sloping vineyard and the mountain peaks of the Pyrenees. Ideal for walkers and white water sports enthusiasts. The carnival and the Blanquette make Limoux a festive city.