Tucked between the Mediterranean coast and the Pyrenees, in central-southern France and taking its name from the river which flows from the mountains through to the sea, Aude is a wonderful holiday destination, benefitting from hot summers, and crisp winters. Known by locals as “Cather Country” after the group of religious dissidents who resided in the region during the crusades, many of the castles they built remain preserved for visitors to explore.
North of the region, also known as Black Mountain Country or “Montagne Noire” to those who speak the lingo, is home to dense forests. This scenic idyll appears to have stood still in time; the area’s distinct lack of modern amenities is all part of the draw as a place where you can truly retreat “off-the-grid”.
Winter sports and the chance to engage in a diverse range of sporting activities are a further appeal of this picturesque region, with skiing, hiking and rafting being just a handful of the pursuits on offer. The region is also known for its lake swimming.
Aude’s vast stretch of coastline benefits from the warm Mediterranean climate and features several family-friendly resorts, as well as the beautiful Narbonnaise Regional Natural Park reserve, which features flora and fauna native to this wonderfully biodiverse location.