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Carnival of Limoux

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Starting in January and ending in April, Limoux's carnival is the longest in the world.
It takes place each weekend during the above mentioned period and animations include: street music and dances, impromptu performances of traditional masks of "Le Pierrot", "Le goudil" and "Le Domino", etc.
For carnival images click here

free thing to do
Web Site:www.limoux.fr
Address:place de la République, Limoux, Aude
Phone:

Canal du Midi Short Cruises - Carcassonne

Category:River Cruises Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Short Canal du Midi cruises (from 1 1/2 hour to 3 hours) starting from the pier in front of the railroad station of Carcassonne.

Web Site:carcassonne-navigationcroisiere.com
Address:Promenade du Canal, Carcassonne
Phone:+33 4 68 71 61 26

Toques et clochers

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

This year "Toques et clochers"* event takes place on the Saturday before Palm Sunday in Limoux, some 25km (15 mi) southwest of Carcassonne.
The event includes a popular wine festival - dégustations, music on the streets of Limoux - as well as a wine auction on behalf of the 42 villages that bear the Limoux appellation - who use the fonds for the restauration of their historic monuments.
This is a major event in the world of wine. The second largest wine auction in France after the Hospices de Beaune, and a great opportunity that brings together for a weekend winemakers, wine professionals, restaurateurs and customers in an amazing festive atmosphere. "Toques et Clochers" is organized by Sieur d'Arques since 1990.
Date: April 8th 2017

Clocher is in Limoux region the equivalent of a wine château in Bordeaux.
*translated as "Hats and Bells"!

free thing to do
Web Site:toquesetclochers2017.fr
Address:Limoux, Aude
Phone:

Tournoi de la citadelle

Category:Sporting Events Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Béhourd Championship. Béhourd is a sport that is in line with the medieval tournaments in France. The Béhourd consists of teams on feet combatin complete armor and with not sharp metal weapons of several forms: one or two handed swords, one-handed or two-handed axes, mowers, etc. The objective of the fight is to ground the opponents with these weapons or other authorized blows (Kicking, shielding, taking ...). The team that still has at least one standing fighter has won.
Date: April 15th, 16th 2017

Web Site:
Address:THEATRE JEAN DESCHAMPS, 11000 Carcassonne
Phone:

Scented Garden

Category:Remarkable Gardens Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The Scented Garden of Limoux is an English style landscaped 2 hectares garden. It includes a "Rose Garden", a spice garden, old forgotten plants and more then 2000 varieties of perennials, shrubs and perfumed trees.

Web Site:www.labouichere.com
Address:12, rue Dewoitine - 11300 Limoux
Phone:04 68 31 49 94

Medieval Festival of Issel

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Issel is a small town some 40km (25 mi) north west of Carcassonne.
The medieval festival takes place each year on Whit Monday.
Date: June 4th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:issel.fr/24.html
Address:Issel, Aude
Phone:

Aguilar Castle Medieval Day

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Dates: July 25th and 26th and August 16th 2017

Web Site:www.tuchan.fr
Address:Château d'Aguilar, 11350 Tuchan
Phone:

"Le Grand Tournoi de Chevalerie"

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The shows take place each day of the week except Saturday. Two daily, one hour, performances: at 3pm and 4:45pm.
This medieval tournament evokes the art of war and courtly jousts. To the rhythm of the horses' gait the knights clash without merci in a grandiose setting.
Dates: July 3th to August 26th 2017

Web Site:www.tourisme-carcassonne.fr/preparer/agenda/temps-forts
Address:Cité de Carcassonne
Phone:33 4 68 10 24 30

"Fête des Remparts" at Alet les Bains

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Medieval costumes, knights, peasants, medieval dances, street shows, life-size demonstrations of vintage weapons, medieval games, etc.
Date: July 9th 2017

Web Site:www.audetourisme.com
Address: Alet les Bains, Aude
Phone:

Puilaurens Medieval Day

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

July 22nd 2017: day when the Puilaurens Castle is brought back to its Medieval life!

free thing to do
Web Site:lesfaitsdits.e-monsite.com
Address:Lapradelle-Puilaurens, Aude
Phone:

Carcassonne Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each year in July the medieval Cité is the site of the "Carcassonne Festival" - an event that includes tens of classical and modern music concerts, theatre plays and even circus shows, many of which are entrance free.
Dates: July 1st to 31st 2017.

Web Site:www.festivaldecarcassonne.fr
Address:Medieval Town of Carcassonne
Phone:

Hautpoul Medieval Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Hautpoul Village (see Catharism Museum and Hautpoul Village) hosts each year in July during 3 days its Medieval Festival.
Lots of animations like archerie, knights fights, fire-eaters.
Date: July 22th 2017

Web Site:www.facebook.com/hautpoul
Address:Hautpoul Village, Tarn
Phone:

"Vigne et Terroir" Fest

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each begining of August, during one weekend, Limoux - 24km southwest of Carcassonne - hosts the "Vigne et Terroir" ("Vine and Region") festival.
The fest begins on a Friday with the "Nuit de la fricasée" an evening dedicated to the "fricasée", a local gastronomic speciality made from beens.
The weekend features artistic, cultural and gastronomic events.
August 7th, 8th and 9th

free thing to do
Web Site:www.limoux.fr
Address:Limoux
Phone:

Medieval Camp at Cabaret Castrum

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cabaret Castrum is situated at the feet of the hills of the Lastours castles, some 20km (12 mi) north west of Carcassonne.
During the weekend of August 5th and 6th 2017 the association "Les Milites de Duns" will set up here a medieval camp allowing the visitor to get acquainted with the medieval way of life.

Web Site:www.chateauxdelastours.fr/mapage7/index.html
Address:11600 Lastours, Aude
Phone:04 68 77 56 02

Saint Nicolas Feast

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"La Fête de la Saint Nicolas" is a medieval festival that takes place in the Cité de Carcassonne: knight combats, street music, medieval camps recreating the middle age way of life, etc.
December 3 and 4 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-carcassonne.fr
Address:Cité de Carcassonne
Phone:33 (0)4 68 10 24 30

Flyzone

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Unique in Europe Flyzone is a free fall simulator.
It has a 23 meters high tunnel equipped with a 4 meters propeller that generates an air rush of 200km/hour.
The attraction simulates the sky diver's free fall.
By appointment only.

Web Site:www.flyzone.fr/
Address:route de Ferrals, 11200 Lézignan-Corbières
Phone:+33 468 482 041

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