An Aude cottage is a great base for a summer holiday of sunshine, sightseeing, sports and gastronomy. Aude has a Mediterranean coast and a mild climate with long hot summers. The landscape is diverse with almost 50km of sandy beaches, lakes, rivers and gorges inland, and the Black mountains and Pyrenees Mountains along the borders. This means you can enjoy fantastic scenery while cycling, hiking or kayaking – there are plenty of places where you can hire equipment and get advice on routes to suit your ability levels. A holiday cottage in Aude also places you in the heart of Cathar country – visit the historic sites and the medieval city of Carcassonne to discover more about the fascinating heritage of the region.