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Limoux
Pont-Neuf of Limoux
Pont-Neuf of Limoux
Coat of arms of Limoux
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Limouxin et du Saint-Hilairois
Area1 32.41 km2 (12.51 sq mi)
Population (2012) 10,180
 • Density 314.10/km2 (813.5/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Limouxins
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 11206 /11300
Elevation 156–740 m (512–2,428 ft)
(avg. 172 m or 564 ft)
Website www.limoux.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Limoux (Occitan: Limós) is a French commune, a subprefecture in the Aude department. It is in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Limoux.

Geography

Limoux lies on the Aude river and is about 30 km (19 mi) due south of Carcassonne.

The commune of Limoux has an area of 32.41 km2 (12.51 sq mi) and its average altitude is 172 m (564 ft). The commune of Limoux is surrounded by the communes:

Population

With a population of 10,180, Limoux has a population density of 314 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as Limouxins (women: Limouxines).

Culture

France-Carnaval de Limoux2
The Carnival

The town is well known for its wine called Limoux wine. It also has a Winter festival called Fècos. It is often called Carnaval de Limoux in France. It is usually between January and Easter.

Markets

  • Weekly market every Friday (or Thursday if a public holiday falls on a Friday).
  • Flea market or Brocante the first Sunday of each month on the Promenade du Tivoli.
  • Evening markets on Tuesdays in July and August.

Places of interest

  • The Musée Petiet (Tourist Information Office),
  • Musée du Piano (Museum of the piano)
  • CathaRama (a history of the Cathar movement).
  • Winery tours at Sieur d'Arques and Aimery.
  • Jardin aux Plantes la Bouichère - Flassian, 2 hectares of gardens which is home to various collections of increasingly rare plant varieties.

Notable people

Limoux was the birthplace of:

  • Francis de Gaston, Chevalier de Levis (1719-1787), Marshal of France
  • Alexandre Guiraud (1788-1847), poet, dramatic author and novelist

Twinned and partner towns

Limoux is twinned with:

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