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If you are looking for a relaxing day trip from Carcassonne then you should head for Alet Les Bains which is just a twenty seven kilometre drive in your Carcassonne car hire. Its a great little location for pampering yourself with access to a thermal spa and once that’s done you can soak up a little history round the village which is home to just over five hundred people.
You can find Alet Les Bains situated between Quillan and Limoux on the Aude River. Rennes le Chateau can be reached in just another fifteen minutes or so. The abbey at Alet Les Bains was decimated during the twelfth century in the so called Cathar purge leaving just ruins to visit today. It s worth a look around and is located right beside the tourist office. There is also a house restored in the village which was once believed to be the home of Nostradamus.
It is thought that the spring water in this area offers benefits to those suffering from conditions such as diabetes and gastritis. If you fancy an overnight stay then the Hostellerie de l’Eveche has a very good reputation.