Attractive market town in the Aude département with a hansome church and interesting weekly (Friday) market. It lies on the River Aude some 30 km due south of Carcassonne. The river flows through the town from north to south, a number of bridges connecting the east and west halves. Natives are known as Limouxins.
Limoux is a sous-préfecture. There is an Arrondissement of Limoux and a Canton of Limoux. The town has an interesting winter event called a Fècos (often referred to as a Carnival or fête) lasting from January until Easter. This Fècos takes place each year, conducted in Occitan (Fècos is actually the Occitan name for a sort of dance characteristic of the festival). Fècos takes place in the heartof the town (in the place de la Republique), a wide square with stone arcades and timber framed houses. The dancers process around the square from one bar to another.
- Click below for photographs of the 2010 Carnival:
- Les Meuniers, Sunday 10 January, 2010 Carnival
- Les Remenils & Les Infialurs d'Achille, Saturday 16 January, 2010 Carnival
- Le Tivoli, Sunday 17 January, 2010 Carnival
- Las Piotos & Les Drôles, Saturday 23 January, 2010 Carnival
- Monte Cristo, Sunday 24 January, 2010 Carnival
- Las Encatados & Las Poupinetos, Saturday 30 January 2010 Carnival
- Les Aïssables, Sunday 31 January 2010 Carnival
- Les Brounzinaïres & Les Rambaïurs, Saturday 6 February 2010 Carnival
- Les Blanquetiers, Sunday 7 February 2010 Carnival
- Les Pébradous & Les Sieur d'Arques, Saturday 13th February 2010 Carnival
- Le Paradou, Sunday 14th February 2010 Carnival
- Les Anciens, Tuesday 16 February 2010 Carnival (Mardi Gras)
- Les Pitchouns et Las Taps, Saturday 20th February 2010 Carnival
- Las Fennos, Sunday 21st February 2010 Carnival
- Les Estabousits & Las Coudenos, Saturday 27th February 2010 Carnival
- L'Aragou, Sunday 28th February 2010 Carnival
- Les Afogats de Limoux, Saturday 6th March 2010 Carnival
- Carnavals of the World, Saturday 6th March 2010 Carnival
- All the Bandes, Sunday 7th March 2010 Carnival
- Les Retraités, Friday 12th March 2010 Carnival
- Les Maïnatches et Les Copins, Saturday 13th March 2010 Carnival. am pm
- Les Arcadiens, Sunday 14th March 2010 Carnival
- Sortie des écoles, Tuesday 16th March 2010 Carnival
- Les Limouxins and Les Jouves, Saturday 20th March 2010 Carnival, am & pm evening
- Le Pont-Vieux, Nuit de la Blanquette, Cremation, Sunday 21st March 2010 Carnival
- Click below for photographs of the 2009 Carnival:
- Les Encatados et Las Poupinetos, Saturday 31st January 2009 Carnival
- Les Carnavals du monde, Saturday 7th March 2009 Carnival
- All the bandes, Sunday 8th March 2009 Carnival
- Les Maïnatches et Les Copins, Saturday 14th March Carnival
- Le Pont-Vieux, Sunday 22nd March Carnival
- Les Limouxins and Les Jouves, Saturday 28th March Carnival
- Le Tivoli, Sunday 28th March Carnival
- Nuit de la Blanquette, Cremation, Sunday 28th March Carnival
- Click below for photographs of the 2008 Carnival:
- Les Aïssables, 6th January 2008 Carnival
- Les Pébradous, 26th January 2008 Carnival
- Las Femnos, 27 January, 2008 Carnival
- Les Pitchouns & Las Coudenos, 2nd February 2008 Carnival
- Les Anciens, 5th February, 2008 Carnival
- Les Estabousits & Les Taps, 9th February 2008 Carnival
- Le Tivoli, 2nd March 2008 Carnival
- Monte Cristo , 9th March 2008 Carnival + La Nuit de la Blanquette
- Click here for photographs of the 2007 Carnival
- Click here for photographs of the 2006 Carnival
here for photographs of the Carnival from earlier years
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The area is also famous for its wines, and has been for some time. The Roman historian Titus Livius was lauding "wines of light" from Limoux two thousand years ago. Limoux is now famous for its sparkling white wine - much older than Champaigne - and known as Blanquette. A dryer version is called Cremant. One enterprising producer has named one of his wines after a dinosaur that was found locally at Esperaza. Sparking white wine has been made here since before 1500. According to some local Dom Perignan stole the idea while he was visiting a local abbey. If you're interested in sampling or buying any wine, try the co-operative, Aimery-Sieur d'Arques, on avenue du Mauzac (daily 9amnoon & 2.307pm). Click here for more on Blanquette de Limoux and Cremant de Limoux
In the past Limoux was known for its woollens and for the tanning of hides brought down from the mountains. (The foothills of the Pyrenees lie just a few miles to the South)
On the nineteenth-century promenade du Tivoli, you will find a "bouledrome" where petanque championships are held. Also the promenade are the Musée Petiet, displaying a collection of local nineteenth-century paintings, and the tourist office, on promenade du Tivoli (July & Aug MonFri 9.30amnoon & 26pm, Sat & Sun 10amnoon & 25pm; SeptJune MonSat 9.30amnoon & 46pm; tel 04.68.31.11.82).
A little further along is Catharama - a multilingual exposition of the Cathars and "their fabulous history". Further along still is the town's curiously evocative war memorial.
Hotels include the wonderfully named Modern & Pigeon in place Général Leclerc (tel 04.68.31.00.25, modpig@chezcom; €5570; closed Wed), If you like camp or bourgouise you'll enjoy it. In case you are wondering it was once two different hotels, one called the Moderne and the other the Pigeon. Another decent hotel is Des Arcades, south of the church at 96 rue St-Martin (tel 04.68.31.02.57, fax 04.68.31.66.42; €3040); The municipal campsite (tel 04.68.31.13.63; closed Oct to mid-May) is on the east bank of the river, a little way south of the old bridge.
Limoux is located in the heart of Cathar Country. It features in a number of contemporatry accounts of Cathar activities in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Most "Cathar Châteaux" are located within a short drive of here.
It was here in Limoux that agents of Jacques Fournier, Bishop of Pamiers, arrested Béatrice de Planissolles in 1320. Beatrice, previously Chatelaine of Montaillou, had been trying to flee Jacques Fournier and other Inquisitors, taking refuge with her sister Gentille who lived in Limoux. Click on the following link for an English translation of Beatrice's Interogation by the Inquisition.
Limoux Grizzlies are a local rugby league club. They were founded in 1951 and play in the French Championship (winning it in 1968). They won the Lord Derby Cup in 1995-96.
Pieusse, a little to the north - the site of a famouse Cathar Council were a Cathar Bishop of the Razes was elected.
Alet-les-Bains, a spa town a little way upriver to the south
The Abbey of Saint Polycarpe
The Church of Notra Dame de Marceilles
Location: Latitude 43° 03' 28" N. Longitude
02° 13' 09" E
Altitude 156 m - 740 m (avg. 172 m)
area 32.41 km²
Postal code 11300