Aude is a département in south-central France, which makes up one fifth of the Languedoc province. Located between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, this area is one of attractive, ever-changing landscapes. It has so much to offer and would be a fantastic location for a property. In fact, it is easy to see why Aude property is so highly sought after.
Each area of Aude has its own particular, interesting and unique natural landscape. With an Aude property to the East of the region, you will have beautiful lagoons and coastal lakes on your doorstep. Providing a beautiful natural barrier between land and sea, this area is home to pink flamingos and white stilts, which can be found wading and foraging for food. Further inland, this Eastern part of Aude changes dramatically to shrub and scrub land, with equally rich flora and fauna. Your Aude property could be located here, adjacent to beech groves, fir plantations, forests and mountains. Alternatively, how about an Aude property in ‘Black Mountain Country’? Here, in the north and west of Aude there is a largely wooded landscape, where forests of oak, beech, poplar and ash abound, and there are rare peat lands. The Corbières area in central Aude, is a stunning mixture of dissected plateaux, steep hills, hidden valleys, woodland and vineyards.
One of the most famous places in Aude is Carcassonne, home to the famous medieval walled city (La Cité), which dates back as far as the fifth century. The fortress here is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is spectacularly dramatic. A day trip from your Aude property is recommended! At Narbonne, you can view a series of first century Roman remains, including underground tunnels and Roman storage rooms. There is a rich history here, and there are many castles and fortresses to be found dotted around the countryside, often on dramatic rocky peaks. Good examples are those at Quéribus and Lastours, which are absolutely breath-taking. Aude has strong religious traditions, and is often referred to as ‘Cathar Country’, after the religious movement which flourished here in the 12th and 13th centuries. There are many abbeys, including Sainte-Hilaire, Sainte-Marie Lagrasse and Fontfroide. Fontfroide , a former Cisterian monastery, is now a working farm, bookstore and restaurant, and producer of wine of AOC Corbières quality.
In fact, this region is home to some fine wines, and Vineyards can be seen throughout the region. The chances are you’ll be able to see one from your Aude property! Viticulture is the main economic activity of Aude. The East is home to Corbières and la Clape; in the centre Minervois and Côtes de Malpeyre wines are made. In the south, Blanquette de Limoux is produced. This sparkling white wine is said to have been the forerunner of champagne and is very popular in the département. If you are more of a fan of liqueur, then local Cartagène may take your fancy. It is most pleasant with foie gras and Roquefort.
For gourmet-lovers an Aude property has much to offer. There is even a festival dedicated to food! “Toques et Clochers” takes place over the weekend of Palm Sunday celebrates the gastronomy of the area around Limoux. Local delicacies include fricassee of pork and cassoulet (white beans and sausage). In the area around the coast, make sure you sample borrida d’anguilles (eel stew), which is delicious! Gruissan and Leucate are famous for oysters and local olive oil can be found at markets. Incidentally, when you’re in Carcassonne, make sure you stop by the market in Place Carnot, which is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You are bound to find something just wonderful to cook in your new Aude property. After all, what is better than local, fresh produce?
The climate varies across Aude. If you have an Aude property in the East, the weather there is typically Mediterranean. In the mountainous areas of the north and south of Aude, the climate is slightly cooler, with some quite low temperatures in winter. In the west there is slightly more precipitation.
This striking rural region is certainly unique, and as you can see we have a beautiful selection of exclusive Aude property for your perusal. We are sure you’ll find something just perfect for you. Time to crack open the Blanquette de Limoux?
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Beautifully presented and spacious former winery located in the centre of Carcassonne, set within a secluded garden of 2,162m2 with 2 guest houses, garage and a lovely swimming pool, situated just a s...
- Floor Size: 378 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,162 square metres (0.22 hectares / 0.53 acres)
- Bedrooms: 6
Grand, spacious, full of character and charm and beautifully presented manor house with a total living area of 590m2, ideally set within a quiet area in Minervois Corbieres. Tastefully renovate...
- Floor Size: 590 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,944 square metres (0.19 hectares / 0.48 acres)
- Bedrooms: 11
Elegant 19th Century property ideally situated alongside a river, in a quiet mountain and wood setting in Escouloubre. This unique, individually designed house with natural thermal hot springs...
- Floor Size: 1,060 square metres
- Plot Size: 42,000 square metres (4.20 hectares / 10.38 acres)
- Bedrooms: 14
Superb 3 bedroom home with a total spacious living area of 156m2, set within an elevated plot of 1,200m2 with far reaching countryside views towards the mountains, located in a quiet area in Puivert.<...
- Floor Size: 156 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,200 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3
Unique and full of character and charm, this large stone built farmhouse with a separate apartment, 2 separate houses and 3 barns, with a total of 13 bedrooms, set within a large plot of 53 hectares w...
- Floor Size: 530 square metres
- Plot Size: 538,410 square metres (53.84 hectares / 133.05 acres)
- Bedrooms: 13
Superb opportunity to combine a wonderful change of lifestyle with income generation with this lovely property consisting of a 5 bedroom main house and 2 beautifully and recently renovated houses/git...
- Floor Size: 440 square metres
- Plot Size: 5,439 square metres (0.54 hectares / 1.34 acres)
- Bedrooms: 12
Excellent business opportunity and a chance to combine lifestyle with income generation with this domaine in the area of Carcassonne with a main house, gites, wooden chalets, reception room, stables,...
- Floor Size: 1,700 square metres
- Plot Size: 107,754 square metres (10.78 hectares / 26.63 acres)
- Bedrooms: 35
Charming and impressive renovated character property with Medieval origins in a small market town in Languedoc Roussillon, with options for B&B and boutique hotel development. This 14th Centu...
- Floor Size: 300 square metres
- Plot Size: 250 square metres (0.03 hectares / 0.06 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
A stylish and individual architect-designed villa, well placed on the edge of a lively canal side village. This modern property comes with four large bedrooms, one with en suite facilities and...
- Floor Size: 140 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,000 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Versatile and income generating property found on the edge of a highly sought-after village made up of an artist's residence with 2 existing gites and the possibility for much more. This attra...
- Floor Size: 348 square metres
- Plot Size: 280 square metres (0.03 hectares / 0.07 acres)
- Bedrooms: 7