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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aude

Town in the Aude, Arques is in the Pyrenees, in the heart of the Upper Aude Valley. Arques is located about fifty kilometers from Carcassonne, important tourist site in the region.

Top of the Cathars, the small village of Arques still offers its visitors an interesting historical heritage. It owes its fame to its medieval castle can still be visited today.

Well situated for exploring the rest of the region, the village of Arques is also surrounded by beautiful scenery, in the heart of a rich and typical nature of this part of France. History buffs will delight in this city still marked by the Middle Ages and its culture.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude42.9533050 (N 42° 57’ 12”)
Longitude2.3754970 (E 2° 22’ 32”)
AltitudeFrom 329m to 854m
Surface area18.53 km²
Population257 inhabitants
Density13 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCarcassonne (52 km, 56 min)
Insee code11015
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Couiza

Nearest cities & towns

Serres5.3 km (7 min)
Valmigère6.4 km (9 min)
Peyrolles7.2 km (13 min)
Terroles7.7 km (17 min)
Cassaignes8.8 km (16 min)
Missègre9.3 km (14 min)
Rennes-les-Bains9.4 km (14 min)
Coustaussa10.5 km (16 min)
Albières10.8 km (17 min)
Véraza11.5 km (23 min)
Couiza11.6 km (15 min)
Bouisse13.1 km (22 min)
Montazels13.2 km (19 min)
Villardebelle13.7 km (21 min)
Sougraigne14 km (19 min)

Things to see and do

Significant of the Cathars in France, the village of Arques still has some beautiful sights recalling that period of history.

Former stronghold of the late thirteenth century the castle Arques was classified historic monument to the late nineteenth century. Former property of the lords of terms, he has all the attributes of a castle as the keep the curtains or the fortified gate, but did not have the status. The strong Arques house consists of an enclosure and a high square tower, and was built just after the crusade against the Albigensians. Planted on an isolated hill, the castle also has a beautiful Gothic door, and is a fine example of medieval Gothic architecture of the time.

The ticket of Arques castle also provides access to the house of Déodat Roché. It bears the name of a former magistrate and historian specializing in the Cathars. It has now visitors a very interesting exhibition dedicated to Catharism and its impact on the region. It reveals a large number of documents of the period and details of this religious current.

Listed historic monument, the cross Arques no shortage of most interest to fans of this type of structure.

Places of interest


Events and festivities

The weekly market Arques takes place every Tuesday from 7am to 13h.


Sunday 22 october
Min. 10°C - Max. 17°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 19°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Rafting on the River Aude
Sports sensations28 € Alet-les-Bains (11.1 km)
Cellar tour, show and tasting at Maison Guinot
Local flavours6 € Limoux (16.6 km)
Canyoning in Pyrénées Orientales
Sports sensations30 € Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet (18.9 km)
Audioguide tour of Le 1900 museum, cellar and vinegar factory
Local flavours1 € to 11 € Lagrasse (25 km)
Wine tasting at the Domaine Rose et Paul
Local flavoursFreeArzens (30 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Visit to Saint-Hilaire Abbey
HikeEasy3h00Verzeille (19.6 km)
The Wonders of the Cathar Country
Car itineraryEasy9h00Verzeille (19.6 km)
Felluns from the dolmens to the aqueduct
HikeIntermediate5h40Felluns (23 km)
Madrès Peak
HikeIntermediate3h00Roquefort-de-Sault (28 km)
From the city of Carcassonne to Lake La Cavayère
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carcassonne (29 km)


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