Welcome to the Castelnaudary website for visitors and expats living in or around the capital of the ‘Pays de Lauragais’ region. Find out all about the town, where you can eat, things you can do and where you can find the local businesses that operate in the area.
Castelnaudary is 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 below:
If you are interested in the History of the Lauragais and would like to find out more about the role the Lauragais has played in the history of France. Then a great place to start is this French History Book written by a local author from his base near Montreal. Recently released on Amazon it is available for immediate download in Kindle format and is a comprehensive account of the significant part the Lauragais has played in French history, both ancient and modern.
Castelnaudary is a vibrant town in a lovely location that serves it’s working population, visitors to the region and a healthy community of expats living in the town and outlying villages.
You do not have to wander too far before you will find fabulous views of the Pyrenees across the Carcassonne planes or ‘ La Halle Aux Grains’ in the centre of town, right next to the new tourist office. Head down the main street and you will pass the ‘Marie’s’ office on the left before arriving at the Canal Du Midi, a UNESCO world heritage site, championed by Pierre Paul Riquet during the 17th century.
Walk along the ‘Quai Du Port’ for a few hundred meters and you will come to the ‘Grand Bassin’, some 7 hectares in size and which originally was intended to serve as a stopover halfway between Toulouse and Sète. 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.
The town is very accessible, Carcassonne is the nearest airport and is only about 30 to 35 minutes from Castelnaudary. The railway station at Castelnaudary is on the main SNCF Paris to Narbonne rail route and from the centre of town it is only 5 minutes to the A61 motorway (L’Autoroute des Deux Mers) that runs from Toulouse to Narbonne.
The town benefits from a Mediterranean climate and, being situated in the ‘Pays de Cathar’, there is every opportunity for wonderful sunny weather for a large proportion of the year plus numerous 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.
You can find accommodation, more information about the location and lots more about what is on offer in this lovely part of France by exploring the different pages on this site.
For local businesses information, 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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