For a stay inbetween the sea and the countryside as well as for a rich discovery of a historical heritage, the Aude department is an ideal destination for your holidays. By booking a few days in advance on HomeCamper, you can easily find your campsite in the area. Different stops are offered by HomeCamper's hosts according to your desires, whether it is a simple garden camping ground for your camper or unusual accommodation!
The Aude, a department in southern France, offers many very contrasting landscapes, from the massif of the corbières to the Mediterranean sea, including many ponds and valleys.
Its Mediterranean coast offers about fifty kilometres of beaches, with seaside resorts such as Port la Nouvelle (and its Cathar path) or Leucate. Its spot of Les Coussoules where the World Wind Games take place every year.
There are many beautiful natural sites which are testimonies of a well-preserved nature. The Black Mountain and its very dense forests offer mysterious and untamed landscapes.
Many gorges, such as Galamus or St Georges, as well as rivers and lakes (such as St Ferréol or Ganguise) offer a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, rafting or canyoning. Hikers will also not be disappointed since the regional park of the Narbonnaise, one of the largest in France with its 80,000 hectares, offers hundreds of kilometers of trails.
The Aude department is also rich in history, particularly known for its castle of Carcassonne and its 3 kilometres of ramparts surrounding the city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carcassonne and its 52 towers, beautiful walks as well as many museums like the lapidary museum, is another must-visit city. The Narbonne gates and the Saint Nazaire Basilica are also absolutely worth seeing. Ten castles dot the department, including Lastours Castle in the Montagne Noire and Puilaurens Castle at an altitude of 700 m. Various abbeys also bear witness to the history of the Aude, notably the abbey of Fontfroide.
All year round, the weather is mild in the department of the Aude. If you can't stand the high heat and big crowds of people, avoid the months of July and August. However, the month of May is an excellent choice to visit the whole department allowing you to discover this specific part of southern France in complete tranquility, while you can enjoy swimming in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.