11 days in Aude Itinerary

11 days in Aude Itinerary

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Carcassonne — 5 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Peyriac-de-Mer (Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline & Chateau Fabre Cordon) and Narbonne (Cathedrale St-Just & Abbaye de Fontfroide). There's still lots to do: visit Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder site.

Brussels, Belgium to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Carcassonne at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Axat.
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Axat — 1 night

Axat is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Axatois or Axatoises.GeographyAxat is located in Cathar country at the doors of the Aude Pyrenees some 45 km west by north-west of Perpignan and 10 km south-east of Quillan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get outside with Pech de Bugarach, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puilaurens, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Axat day trip planning tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Axat by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Axat, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse.
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Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse — 4 nights

You've now added Gorges du Verdouble to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse side-trips: Chateau d'Aguilar (in Tuchan), La Maison du Rire (in Coustouge) and Gorges de Galamus (in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet).

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You can drive from Axat to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).
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Aude travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Castles · Architectural Buildings
Termed "Cathar Country," Aude is a department between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrénées mountains offering many opportunities to enjoy a wine tasting, go fishing, cycle along the shore or on mountain passes, and tour its many Cathar castles. With 10 natural regions, you are sure to find plenty of things to do, such as watching pink flamingos who congregate to the east, go orchid hunting inland, or hike in the forests with rare peatlands to the north and west. Arts and crafts are popular, and you can watch artisans work at many of the businesses along the A61 and A9. Finally, you can visit the Canal du Midi passing right through Aude on its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.