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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aude

Castelnaudary - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aude

Castelnaudary, situated between Toulouse and Carcassonne in the heart of the Pays Lauragais, was built around a castle in the 12th century. Besieged twice during the crusade against the Cathars, the castle was razed in 1229. Catherine de Medici is making a Castelnaudary senechaussee whose headquarters will be the "Présidial. Criminal and civil court until the Revolution, it will only prison until 1926. Here the Canal du Midi will be inaugurated May 19, 1681 via a lavish ceremony on the Great Basin, the largest body of water (7 hectares) on the whole route along 240 km. The city that hosts the Foreign Legion since 1975, has about 12,000 inhabitants and is the world capital of Cassoulet dish celebrated annually on the last weekend of August.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude43.3171180 (N 43° 19’ 2”)
Longitude1.9533300 (E 1° 57’ 12”)
AltitudeFrom 145m to 215m
Surface area47.72 km²
Population11563 inhabitants
Density242 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCarcassonne (42 km, 33 min)
Insee code11076
IntercommunalityCC Castelnaudary Lauragais Audois

Nearest cities & towns

Villeneuve-la-Comptal4.8 km (10 min)
Peyrens5.8 km (8 min)
Fendeille6.1 km (10 min)
Souilhanels6.3 km (11 min)
Ricaud7.3 km (11 min)
Saint-Martin-Lalande7.5 km (11 min)
Mas-Saintes-Puelles7.7 km (11 min)
Souilhe8.3 km (12 min)
Puginier8.7 km (14 min)
Issel8.7 km (14 min)
Saint-Papoul8.8 km (12 min)
Pexiora9.2 km (11 min)
Tréville9.3 km (15 min)
Mireval-Lauragais9.3 km (15 min)
Labastide-d'Anjou9.4 km (11 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Country Producers Market


The cassoulet
The cassoulet
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Castelnaudary from Great Basin
Castelnaudary from Great Basin
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The cassole
The cassole
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Details of a mansion
Details of a mansion
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Tuesday 27 july
Min. 14°C - Max. 31°C
Wednesday 28 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 28°C
Thursday 29 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 32°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Craft and food shopping in Revel and the local area
Arts and CraftsFreeRevel (16.3 km)
Sophrology on a paddle board
Well-being17 € to 27 € Nailloux (25 km)
Escape Game on a theme of your choice
Entertainment80 € to 138 € Ayguesvives (32 km)
Relaxation at Les Étangs leisure centre
EntertainmentFreeSaïx (33 km)
Introduction to calligraphy and illumination
Arts and Crafts10 € Labruguière (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix (26 km)
Versants of the Hard
HikeIntermediate5h30Cuxac-Cabardès (27 km)
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (34 km)
From the city of Carcassonne to Lake La Cavayère
Cycling itineraryEasy5h00Carcassonne (34 km)
Carbonéral Path
HikeIntermediate5h15Labruguière (35 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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