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Perfect for Relaxation and Exploration

Quillan, located on the banks of the river Aude, is a small and charming town that serves as a base for people exploring the deep and enchanting forests of the Pyrenees along with the captivating castles of the Cathars. The largest industry in the town concerns the manufacture of shoes and hats. The town has its own rather unusual castle. The perfectly square fortifications were built in the 1280's and are now largely ruins.

Grab your boots

There's plenty of scope for sports and recreation, although rugby is certainly the most popular with the locals. What makes Quillan such an alluring destination is it's absorbing surroundings. Just about every adventurous activity you can think of such as horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, climbing and cycling, are catered for among the rocky mountains, deep gorges and dark caves of the Upper Aude Valley. If you'd prefer something a bit more relaxing then you'll be pleased to know that you can also give bowls or fishing a go. For the latter, the best place to head is Mont-Bel with its impressive mountain lake. There is a swimming pool in the town itself for the summer months while the Mediterranean Sea is just an hour away.

Year round possibilities

The most popular white water sports resort is based in nearby Axat. If you'd rather try a spot of caving then head to Grottes de l'Aguzou, a vast underground network decorated with crystal and aragonite. In the winter, grab your skis and head to Camurac where you'll find sixteen slopes that are ideal for a range of expertise. There are also facilities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Or you are only 45-50 minutes from Ax les Thermes which has fantastic skiing and thermal spas.

A lively atmosphere

Quillan has a number of great shops, restaurants and bars. The best place to search for traditional goods and sample local produce is at the town market on a Wednesday or Saturday. And apart from weekly markets, there are also summer night markets to enjoy. May and October are the town's busiest months as a number of carnivals and festivals take place.

How to get there

Both Flybe and Ryanair operate flights to nearby Perpignan from a variety of airports around the UK. The city is also serviced by the TGV rail network, which is a delightful and comfortable alternative to making the journey on the roads. Carcassonne airport is another option. There is also a coach link between Quillan, Carcassonne and Perpignan costing only one Euro!

Quillan property prices

Quillan is extremely good value for money. Property here is more affordable then the rest of Languedoc. However, prices have been rising due to the increased interest from international buyers. These days, you won't have much difficulty finding fellow Brits to socialise with!

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WHERE IS Quillan?

Quillan is in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It lies just a few miles south of the department capital Carcassonne.

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Population: 3,542

Access: Nearby Perpignan has its own airport and TGV station with links to Britain and the majority of France. Carcassonne is also an option.

Economy: Quillan's economy revolves around the industries of tourism, shoe and hat making, formica (laminates) and luxury and garden furniture.

Interesting fact: The town's castle has a highly unusual style which differs from the rest of the region.


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