As the name suggests, the pretty village of Castelnau d’Aude can be found within the Aude department, which lies in the Languedoc Roussillon region, to the far south of France. Relatively undiscovered by foreign visitors and even those from outside the region, the village is the ideal rural retreat, although conveniently located halfway between the larger towns of Carcassonne and Narbonne. There is a select choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation available in and around Castelnau d’Aude, mainly in the form of apartments, town houses and traditional French gites.
Due to the village’s unspoilt setting, lying in the shadow of the Black Mountains, surrounded by rolling countryside dotted with highly productive vineyards makes it the ideal base for tourists looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, walking, cycling and horse-riding are popular activities, whilst the nearby mountains provide the ideal conditions for rock climbing and abseiling enthusiasts. Visitors enjoying their holidays in Castelnau d’Aude may wish to visit the region’s most productive vineyard, run by the Coustal family. The vineyard, which produces wine under the respected Terres Georges label, is open for public wine tasting twice a week, within the tranquil setting of a deep cave.
Located almost equidistantly between Carcassonne and Narbonne, visitors spending their holidays in Castelnau d’Aude will find that the village is the ideal base for exploring both towns. In Carcassonne the main attraction is its well preserved fortifications, which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The town also boasts a number of other historical and architectural sites and landmarks, to include its cathedral and the Basilica of St Nazaire and St Celse. The former port of Narbonne, which is now stranded over 9 miles inland due to the changing of the course of the mighty Aude River, has a number of tourist attractions. These include the Archbishops’ Palace and the town’s extensive archaeological museum.
Many visitors looking to spend their holidays in Castelnau d’Aude are drawn by the pleasant, typically Mediterranean climate of the Languedoc Roussillon region. Summers tend to be warm and dry, with temperatures often reaching the high 20s and early 30s degrees Celsius. Winters are cooler, though temperatures will still average between 9 and 15 degrees Celsius. Castelnau d’Aude receives an average annual rainfall of around 21 inches.
Tourists looking to spend their holidays in Castelnau d’Aude will first fly to the region’s largest international airport, Montpellier-Mediterranee Airport (MPL). There are a number of airlines operating regular flights here from the UK, to include Ryanair and easyJet, departing from London Gatwick (LGW), London Luton (LTN), Birmingham (BHX) and Leeds Bradford (LBA).