Aude department is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées region, south-central of France and is named after the coastal river running through the department. Aude's area 6.343 sqkm makes it the 39th biggest French department, surrounded by two mountainous massifs (North, the Montagne Noire; South, the Pyrenees) and two basins (East, the Languedoc basin; West, the Aquitaine basin) and 50 km of wonderful sandy beaches. The most part of the department is under Mediterranean climate. Landscapes are nevertheless very diverse, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pyrenees mountains. The Aude is also known as the Cathar country with its rich history. The Roman and Medieval Ages both key periods in the History of Aude.