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Coordinates: 43°03′28″N 2°13′09″E / 43.0578°N 2.2192°E / 43.0578; 2.2192
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Saint-Martin church and the Pont-neuf in Limoux
Saint-Martin church and the Pont-neuf in Limoux
Coat of arms of Limoux
Location of Limoux
Limoux is located in France
Limoux is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 43°03′28″N 2°13′09″E / 43.0578°N 2.2192°E / 43.0578; 2.2192
CantonLa Région Limouxine
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Pierre Durand[1] (PS)
32.41 km2 (12.51 sq mi)
 • Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11206 /11300
Elevation156–740 m (512–2,428 ft)
(avg. 172 m or 564 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Limoux (French pronunciation: [limu] ; Occitan: Limós [liˈmus]) is a commune and subprefecture in the Aude department, a part of the ancient Languedoc province and the present-day Occitanie region in southern France. Its vineyards are famous for being first to produce sparkling wine known as Blanquette de Limoux.


Limoux lies on the river Aude about 30 km (19 mi) due south of Carcassonne. It has two railway stations on the line to Carcassonne: Limoux station and Limoux-Flassian station.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 5,100—    
1800 5,142+0.12%
1806 5,723+1.80%
1821 5,915+0.22%
1831 6,247+0.55%
1836 7,105+2.61%
1841 7,417+0.86%
1846 7,444+0.07%
1851 7,776+0.88%
1856 6,835−2.55%
1861 6,937+0.30%
1866 6,770−0.49%
1872 5,897−2.27%
1876 6,661+3.09%
1881 6,283−1.16%
1886 6,810+1.62%
1891 6,371−1.32%
1896 6,684+0.96%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 7,084+1.17%
1906 7,223+0.39%
1911 7,010−0.60%
1921 6,640−0.54%
1926 7,639+2.84%
1931 7,797+0.41%
1936 8,193+1.00%
1946 7,587−0.77%
1954 8,334+1.18%
1962 9,603+1.79%
1968 10,824+2.01%
1975 11,101+0.36%
1982 10,206−1.19%
1990 9,665−0.68%
1999 9,411−0.30%
2007 9,709+0.39%
2012 10,180+0.95%
2017 10,066−0.22%
Source: EHESS[3] and INSEE (1968-2017)[4]

Blanquette de Limoux[edit]

Blanquette de Limoux is produced around the city of Limoux. The main grape of the wine is Mauzac, followed by Chardonnay and Chenin blanc. Wine historians believe that the world's first sparkling wine was produced in this region in 1531, by the monks at the abbey in Saint-Hilaire, Aude.


The town is perhaps best known for its Winter festival called Fecos [ˈfekɔs], often referred to (inaccurately) as a Carnival or Fête. It is generally referred to as Carnival de Limoux in French language. It is known for its British expatriate population.[5]

During the French Revolution, demonstrators forced officials to seal the granaries, demanded an end to dues and indirect taxes and then ransacked the tax-collector's offices and threw records into the River Aude.[6]



The heart of the town is the place de la République, a wide square with some fine stone arcading and a number of timber-framed houses. Limoux straddles the River Aude and the banks are lined with grand houses, especially on the eastern side, the so-called Petite Ville (lit. "Small City").

While worth visiting in itself, the town is also a good base for discovering the history of the region and is ideally placed for exploring the coast, the mountains and some good walking country.


  • 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.

Other sights[edit]

  • 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. Currently closed, updated May 2024.


Limoux was the birthplace of:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 6 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Limoux, EHESS (in French).
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  5. ^ Astier, Henri (29 November 2018). "The French village that fears for its Brits". BBC News.
  6. ^ Mcphee, Peter. Liberty or Death.

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