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Caudiès Fenouillèdes , situated on the border of the Pyrenees -Orientales and Aude , marks the beginning of " Cathar Country " in the Fenouilledes .

At the foot of the Pic du Bugarach and the river Boulzane valley, the village developed in the middle ages. The castle, Castel Fizel , was under the jurisdiction of the Viscounts of Fenouillet . Under royal control, since the Treaty of Corbeil in 1258 (when the Fenouilledes was annexed to France). Caudiès de Fenouillèdes became a royal city, until the French revolution and was the capital of Viguerie Fenouillèdes (jurisdiction of a magistrate or provost) . It was the meeting place in August 6, 1789 for the first Federation of France.

You become aware of the villages rich heritage when you walk the old streets of the village and discover the half-timbered houses near the gates of the old fort that continue to the fifteenth century chapel of Notre Dame de Laval and the irrigation channels.

Around the Col de Saint- Louis, there are many hiking and climbing sites.


Today there is a leisure centre with hostel accommodation and a camping site at Castel Fizel, where you can ride horses, go mountain biking or enjoy water sports.


Contact Town hall

Mayor : Jean-Pierre FOURLON

Postal address : Place de la Mairie 66220 Caudiès de Fenouillèdes

Téléphone : 00(33)4 68 59 92 25

Fax : 00(33)4 68 59 94 48

E-mail address :

Website :


Opening hours of the Town Hall

Monday 9.00 am - 11.45 am

Tuesday 9.00 am - 11.45 am

Wednesday 9.00 am - 11.45 am

Thursday 9.00 am - 11.45 am

Friday 9.00 am - 11.45 am

Saturday 9.00 am - 11.45 am


General information

Names of people : caudièsiens, caudièsiennes

Population 600 people

Area 3700 hectares

Tourist Information Point : Structure / agency Tourist office

Opening July and August (3.00 pm – 6.00 pm)

Telephone 00(33)4 68 59 97 91

E-mail address



Places of interest to discover

Natural Heritage : Gorges de Saint Jaumes (road to Fenouillet), climbing sites

Cultural Heritage :

- Notre Dame de Laval (Chapel)

- The spiral bridge at the Col de Saint Louis (road to Quillan, via the Col Saint Louis)

Curiosities :

The fort in Caudiès –Old fortified village.

Natural spring water in the village fountains.


Special festivals and cultural events :

- Saint Jean Bonfire party 23rd June

- Kermesse or village fete. 15th August

- Medieval Festival 4th July

- Saint Jean Bonfire party 8th September

- Automne du Chardonnay – wine festival First week-end of november

- Christmas Market (Marché de Noël) 13th décember

Practical Information

Public services : Town hall, Post office

Health emergencies : Doctor, Chemist

Accomodation : Grocery shop, newsagents, butchers shop and Bakery.

Restaurants: l'Emotion

20 local associations

Shops Leisure centre at Castel Fizel, tourist train, climbing sites.

Grocery shop, newsagents, butchers shop and Bakery.