Quillan

 

Quillan is a lovely town on the River Aude, surrounded by the foothills of the Pyrenees. Whether you enjoy water-sports, hill-climbing, fishing, music, site-seeing, or just relaxing with a drink and watching the world go by, Quillan is an ideal base.
 

Quillan has a pretty central square by the river and a historic church, and the medieval fort offers stunning views of the town and surrounding hills. There are twice-weekly markets, and a weekly night market in the summer. There is a wide range of activities on the river in summer, including rafting, fishing, and kayaking. In summer Quillan hosts many musical events, including a jazz weekend and guitar festival, as well as free concerts in the main square.

 

The open-air swimming pool opens in July and August, and there is easy access to nearby swimming lakes. For cycling enthusiasts, there is the annual “Critérium” around the town, and the Tour de France passes through or nearby in most years.
 

If you want to explore the beautiful scenery and long historical heritage of the local area, Quillan is a good base, with easy access to medieval villages and castles, and one-euro trains and buses to Carcassonne and Perpignan. The nearest ski stations are half an hours’ drive away, and in the winter holidays a shuttle bus runs from Quillan to Camurac.

 

Quillan is also a great place to relax. There is a good range of restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy a quiet drink or nice meal, as well as a cinema and the “Espace Cathar” concert venue.

 

There are supermarkets on the edge of town, as well as a grocery shop and two bakeries in the centre.

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