The département is named after the River Aude, which flows through it north from the Pyrenees to Carcassonne and then east to the Mediterranean Sea. It is divided into 3 arrondissements: Carcassonne , Limoux and Narbonne. There are 34 cantons, of which 29 are separate towns.
The departmental number of the Aude (which you will find encoded in French numbers eg telephone numbers, post codes and numbers on motor car vehicle registration plates) is 11.
In 1790, the département of Aude was formed from the eastern part of the old province of Languedoc. Carcassonne, the Aude département's capital, contains a picturesque citadel (Cité of Carcassonne) with its restored medieval fortifications and buildings, including the Castle of the Viscounts of Carcassonne (the Château Comtal). Today, the Aude département markets itself to tourists at Le Pays Cathare - Cathar Country and with some reason. This area contains half a dozen so called "Cathar Castles" with many others dotted around its landward borders.
On the east, the Aude département boarders the Gulf of Lyon. To the south lies the département of Pyrénées-Orientales. To the west are the départements of Haute-Garonne and Ariège. To the north is the département of Tarn; the département of Hérault is to the northeast. Most of the Aude département is drained by the Aude River basin.
Ports: Gruissan, Sigean
Attractions: Cathar Castles (Arques, Aguila, Bram, Lastours, Puilaurens, Termes), Limoux Carnival, Via Domitia, Fontfroide Abbey, Lagrasse Abbey, Saint-Papoul Abbey, Saint-Hilaire Abbey, Alet-les-Bains Abbey
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