Summer holiday attractions, Winter holiday attractions, Town information, Castles, Rivers and Lakes, Walks, Markets, Museums, Caves, Restaurants, Miscellaneous, Cycling, Horse Riding, Water Sports in the Aude

La Table de l'Abbe, Rennes le Chateau

Set at the heart of Rennes-le-Chateau in the garden of Berenger Sauniere, a fantastic restaurant grill, with meals served in a large beautiful garden. The host is very friendly, knowledgeable about the area and speaks English. There are often events here, including talks by Holy Blood Holy Grail author, Henry Lincoln, amongst others. Open over the summer.

Tel 0468 741679

Pizzeria de la Place (V), Rennes les Bains

A pizza restaurant on the square at Rennes-les-Bains with indoor and outdoor tables, open from the end of February to mid December.

Tel 0468 69 19 61

L'Atelier (V), Esperaza

Restaurant L'Atelier is a café, restaurant and pottery in Esperaza, serving a delicious range of crepes in a relaxing setting, surrounded by beautiful pottery and local artwork. Open all year round.

Tel 0468 74 16 06

22 Avenue de la Gare

Pizzeria Cathare (V), Esperaza

A good range of take-away pizzas with a small restaurant in Esperaza.

Le Capio (V), Quillan

Another pleasant family restaurant with a view over the little square in Quillan and hung with original artwork by local Artists and artisans. Le Capio provides menus in both french and english to help you choose from a selection of pizzas, bolognese, steak and a great choice of vegetarian food.

Tel 0468 20 16 50   
Place Raoul de Volontat

Pizzeria des Platanes (V), Quillan

Great pizzas in Quillan!

Tel 0468 20 27 22

Auberge du Faby (V), Rouvenac

Excellent vegetarian menu, though meat eaters are also catered for. It's essential to book in advance.

Tel 0468 74 35 42

Restaurant le Plo (V), Carcassonne Old City

Tel 0468 25 51 85

Carcassonne old city has a plethora of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. We highly recommend this restaurant on Rue Plo for its elegant French cuisine. The puddings are so delicious, you'll want to order seconds, with home-made chocolate mousse the way I wish I made it!

23 Rue du Plô

Le Fournil de Luc (V), Luc Sur Aude

Tel 0468 31 47 45.

A bakers (patisserie) serving a delicious range of organic breads, patisseries, biscuits and sandwhiches, open from 6am to 8pm 7 days a week. There is also a small cafe.

See the website for the patisserie in Luc-sur-Aude


Salz in Couiza

The river Salz is a tranquil and gently flowing tributary to the Aude. Ten minutes walk (or two minutes drive) from Gite des Cathares, is a beautiful natural pool (shown in the photos) with a sloping beach into the water and deeper areas for the accomplished swimmer. It is possible to spend a relaxing day sunbathing and cooling off in the river with plenty of shady and sunny spots to suit everyone. The water is so clear that you can even use a snorkle and mask.


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