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Things to do in Aude

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“A must visit whilst in the area. Walk the narrow medieval streets and ramparts. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in the square. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Castle
“A must see World Heritage site. Spectacularly restored and fully of history, particularly relating to the Cathares. Offers a fine selection of museums, art galleries, shops, restaurants and exhibitions. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Zoo
“The biggest Safari Park in Europe and an excellent day out for all the family. Take a picnic if you want or eat there.”
  • 82 locals recommend
River
“Calming, tranquil, relaxing, and cooling tree-top cover from the long days in the Mediterranean sun...”
  • 116 locals recommend
Lake
“This lake is perfect for families with children as there is also a climbing parc.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The Abbey itself is both beautiful and steeped in history, with peaceful walks around the lovely gardens to fill your day. Tip: well worth getting the tablet and headset (no extra cost) which adds an extra dimension. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Castle
“The Palace of the Kings of Majorca, is a palace and a fortress with gardens overlooking the city of Perpignan in Pyrenees-Orientales, Occitanie.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Landmark
“A short drive from Chateau Dr Queribus. Another spectacular mountaintop Cathar castle”
  • 58 locals recommend
Castle
“A must see chateau, a challenging hike up with outstanding views. The Château de Montségur is a former fortress near Montségur, a commune in the Ariège department in southern France. Its ruins are the site of a razed stronghold of the Cathars.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Market
“The undercover food market in Narbonne is a standout food market in France. Bursting with regional produce, you can find the best selection of cheeses, olives, vegetables and of course every kind of meat. There are wonderful restaurants in Les Halles so you can have lunch there and then head home with you basket jammed with dinner ingredients. An absolute must see”
  • 67 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“The largest Zara in Europe is here. You could spend a whole day here shopping, having lunch on the top terraces, Love the tapas bar!. You can also go bowling if you fancy! Sushi restaurants, American diners and lots of French shops.”
  • 44 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“all you can eat buffet with really great food. Desserts to die for too and a great wine selection.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is our favourite lake for swimming and picnics. The setting is beautiful at any time of the year. In the Summer we go to swim, although it is possible to hire a pedalo or kayak. There are some lovely picnic spots around the lake and plenty of free parking. There is a path around the lake for walkers or cyclists. There are bars and restaurants on the edge of the lake and we can recommend places to eat or for a drink.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Museum
“Within a 45 minute drive of Axat. Easily accessible with spectacular views across the mountains and to the Mediterranean. Another fine Cathar castle.”
  • 35 locals recommend
City
“Gruissan-Plage is where the movie Betty Blue was filmed. It has a good vibe with chalets on stilts, restaurants, beautiful fine sandy beaches, great for relaxing and water sports.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The 9 locks are a beautiful place to take a stroll along the Canal du Midi and enjoy the sunshine :) ”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

French Restaurant
“all you can eat buffet with really great food. Desserts to die for too and a great wine selection.”
  • 56 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Le Petit Pierre is run by chef Pierre Augé, winner of the French edition of Top Chef in 2014. Named after his father, he soon enough was known as “Petit Pierre” to avoid confusion. Hence the name of the restaurant was born: La Maison de Petit Pierre. Here you can enjoy a bistronomique lunch or dinner.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wonderful atmospheric restaurant serving the freshest seafood behind the Salt Factory in Gruissan. Perfect for sunny days early and late in the season, Sunday lunch is a great time to go”
  • 28 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“3 minutes away by foot - well worth a visit - for apero, coffee and dining.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Situé à Portel des Corbières, à seulement 5 minutes en voiture. Lieu insolite et atypique... d'anciennes mines sous-terraines, reconverties désormais en cave pour les vins locaux... une visites sous terre, avec spectacle son et lumières... avec possibilité de dégustation... à voir !”
  • 17 locals recommend
Market
“Produit régionaux et artisanal avec dégustation sur une immense terrasse typique plein sud. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“This wonderful two-Michelin-starred Restaurant du Parc is located at the foot of the famous Carcassonne citadel and is only a 15 min drive away.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“If you plan to go to Gruissan to the beach, this is the best restaurant and the mussels are delish. Nice setting with views. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

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