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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aude

Montferrand occupies the highest of the surrounding hills (289 m). The belvedere offers a beautiful panorama on the Lauragais furrow and its communication routes (road, highway, railway, Canal du Midi with the threshold of Naurouze), on the Black Mountain in the northeast and beyond the hills of La Trap, south, on the Pyrenees.

Site of a probable Celtic oppidum, the place is called Elusiodunum in 75 BC. The habitat developed then in the plain along the way of Aquitaine until the eleventh century. Then the population gathers on the hill behind the walls of a castrum which will soon take the name of Montferrand. During the crusade of the Albigenses, the castle is besieged in May 1211 by Simon de Montfort, a negotiated surrender avoids the destruction of the place.

Today, Montferrand has more than 500 inhabitants and its formerly rural population has diversified...

Geographical information

Latitude43.3653040 (N 43° 21’ 55”)
Longitude1.8214560 (E 1° 49’ 17”)
AltitudeFrom 186m to 301m
Surface area17.93 km²
Population554 inhabitants
Density30 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureCarcassonne (55 km, 47 min)
Insee code11243
IntercommunalityCC Castelnaudary Lauragais Audois

Nearest cities & towns

Labastide-d'Anjou3.7 km (7 min)
Airoux4.3 km (11 min)
Avignonet-Lauragais4.7 km (6 min)
Montmaur5.2 km (12 min)
Baraigne5.8 km (11 min)
Gourvieille7.5 km (16 min)
Folcarde7.6 km (13 min)
Ricaud8.1 km (10 min)
Rieumajou8.2 km (13 min)
Molleville8.4 km (15 min)
Belflou8.8 km (18 min)
Soupex10 km (16 min)
Mas-Saintes-Puelles10.5 km (17 min)
Cumiès10.7 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Fantastic views over the plain of Lauragais since Lighthouse Montferrand (airmail first tag starting from Toulouse who once guided Mermoz, Saint-Exupery ...).

Unmissable, the threshold Naurouze, the obelisk of Pierre Paul Riquet (on the mound Montferrand), creator of the brilliant architect Canal du Midi, which happened (in the Middle Ages) to determine the highest point of the canal between the Atlantic and Mediterranean Louis 14th and convince the possibility and necessity of creating a channel between the ocean and the sea, the Lauragais being at that time the granary of France. And then, unable to leave the village without going to eat a lovely. And if you're passionate about archeology, contact City Hall to visit the excavations of Montferrand.

Places of interest

Natural sites


Tuesday 27 july
Min. 14°C - Max. 30°C
Wednesday 28 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 28°C
Thursday 29 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 31°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

A visit is essential: Revel and its picturesque market, and its artisans Durfort copper; Sorèze Abbey School, Lake St. Ironwood, tank ... the Canal du Midi You can walk or bike along the gutter until Naurouze (keystone of the channel).

A barge trip from Port-Lauragais, during which you will cross a lock and enjoy a walk back in time ...

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sophrology on a paddle board
Well-being17 € to 27 € Nailloux (14.3 km)
Craft and food shopping in Revel and the local area
Arts and CraftsFreeRevel (18 km)
Escape Game on a theme of your choice
Entertainment80 € to 138 € Ayguesvives (20 km)
Relaxation at Les Étangs leisure centre
EntertainmentFreeSaïx (36 km)
Cité de l'Espace: 1-day ticket
Culture and education21 € Toulouse (36 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Green Line
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate8h00Mirepoix (31 km)
Versants of the Hard
HikeIntermediate5h30Cuxac-Cabardès (37 km)
Lo Camin de las Peyras
HikeEasy3h00Navès (39 km)
Touyre Gorges
HikeIntermediate2h00Belloc (40 km)
Carbonéral Path
HikeIntermediate5h15Labruguière (41 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals



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