Castelnaudary is the capital of the ‘Pays de Lauragais region and a town of charm and history. It sits astride the Canal Du Midi and is famous for its haricot bean dish Cassoulet, the festival for which (Fete Du Cassoulet) is held each year during the 7 days that make up the last week of August . Full details are available via the link above.
For anyone interested in the History of the Lauragais, dating back from before BC to present day, you might like to have a look at one of the best French History Books you are likely to find about this part of France. Recently released on Amazon it is available for immediate download in Kindle format and is a comprehensive account of the significant part the Lauragais played in French history.
You do not have to wander too far before you will find fabulous views of the Pyrenees across the Carcassonne planes or the ‘ La Halle Aux Grains’ in the centre of town, right next to the new tourist office. Wander down the main street and you will pass the ‘Marie’s’ office on the left before arriving at the Canal Du Midi. A left turn here will take you along the ‘Quai Du Port’ with the ‘Grand Bassin’ beyond, some 7 hectares in size. A good time to see it is on the 13th July when Castelnaudary celebrates ‘National Day’ with it’s own fireworks display launched from a boat in the middle of the Grand Bassin. Weather permitting of course.
Carcassonne is the nearest airport and is about 30 minutes from Castelnaudary. The railway station at Castelnaudary is on the main SNCF Paris to Narbonne rail route and Castelnaudary is only 5 minutes from the A61 motorway (L’Autoroute des Deux Mers) that runs from Toulouse to Narbonne.
With a Mediterranean climate and being situated in the ‘Pays de Cathar’ means that there is every opportunity for wonderful sunny weather for a large proportion of the year plus places to visit that are of natural and cultural interest. You will have access to the Mediterranean coastline, the Pyrenees and the Black Mountains with lakes, rivers and medieval architecture all in abundance.
Please visit our accommodation and location pages for more details on what is on offer in this lovely part of France. If you are seeking information on local businesses in and around Castelnaudary you can find listings on the Local Businesses page. Or you can go to the Whats On pages for information on what is taking place throughout the year in or around Castelnaudary.
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