Aude, Somewhere Special Even in the Winter Months
Anywhere in France has the potential to be wonderful throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. However, unless you are looking for a very quiet life, some parts of France are not so great to live in or holiday in during the winter months. Aude is one of the exceptions to this and the winter attractions here are a very good reason to look in Aude for your home in France. Aude is part of Languedoc Roussillon and enjoys the typical landscape of this part of France. Rocky outcrops with ruined chateaux, barren moorland covered in sweet smelling herbs, tall cypress trees and the Canal du Midi all create something which is scenically beautiful and which does not change according to the seasons. Only the colour of the landscape alters changing from the freshness of spring blossom, to the deep blue of summer skies, the glow of autumn vineyards and the wonderful crisp, misty mornings of winter.
As winter arrives in Aude, the wines will be racked up safely in the cellars, the olives are all gathered in and the snow starts to appear on the Pyrénées. The Foires au Gras will appear in each town offering turkey, duck, capons, hens and foie gras for sale. There will also be stalls selling olive oil, honey, saffron and the famous black truffles and everyone will start planning the special Christmas meal.
Aude Sits on the Mediterranean and Oceanic Climate
Being the most northern department of Languedoc means that Aude, which sits on the border of the Mediterranean and Oceanic climate, tends to have colder winters than the rest of the department. It may, however, be that the colder winters are what has created the liveliest carnival scene throughout January, February and March. If you buy a French property In Limoux you will be in the centre of what most resembles a Venetian carnival. Every weekend different bands take over the town and the carnival clubs responsible for each band will have spent all summer planning their special weekend while the local inhabitants will have planned their carnival costumes.
Should you tire of Carnival, (what a thought!) then another joy of the location of Aude is that both sea and mountain are within easy access, especially in the winter months when the tourists have all left. You can choose between a day on the Mediterranean coast enjoying blue sea and fresh oysters or a day skiing in the fresh, crisp snow which will have fallen on the Pyrénées. Both can be driven to in just over an hour from Limoux. We would love to share our experience with you and assist you in buying your property in France. Have a look at what we can show you in France and contact us for a friendly chat.
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