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Quillan, France

Situated on the Aude river, Quillan (pronounced "Key An") is a small thriving town with all amenities, including a municipal swimming pool, gym and cinema. There are local shops, supermarkets, and a market twice a week. You can enjoy the french cafe culture at one of the local cafes and Quillan also has a large number of restaurants. This is a lovely area for walking, birdwatching, sightseeing, horse-riding, kayaking, white-water rafting and most other outdoor activities.

The nearest Cathar castle is about 10 miles away at Puilaurens and there are many other castles in the area, each with its own special story to tell. Carcassonne city and airport, is 45 minutes away and is the only fortified town in Europe still inhabited, where an enormous old castle stands open to be explored. The outer walls of the castle stand largely empty, with winding stairways, beautiful stone arches and numerous passageways inviting you to explore their mystery. If you are interested in Rennes le Chateau, you are in a good location to carry out research, being only 10 miles away.

If that's not enough, the town is just an hour and a half from the Mediterranean coast, the Spanish border and, in the opposite direction, skiing (or shopping) in Andorra. In the South of France, fairly close to the Spanish border you'll find the departement of the Aude. The capital city of the Aude is Carcassonne which has motorway and train connections as well as an international airport. If you follow the Aude river due south of Carcassone at a distance of about 40 miles is Quillan.

Possibility of accommodation: Mode des Artistes

Many French properties, mostly rural and in region Languedoc-Roussillon, you can find here:


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