AUDE – PAYS CATHARE
The department of Aude is named after the coastal river that runs through it. With a surface area of 6,343 km², it is the 39th biggest department in France. The department is located between two mountain ranges (the Montagne Noire to the north and the Pyrenees to the south) and two basins (the Languedoc basin to the east and the Aquitaine basin to the west).
The department boasts 47 km of Mediterranean coastline. The neighbouring departments are Pyrenees Orientales, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, Herault and Ariege.
It measures 125 km from east to west and 90 km from north to south.