Living + Teaching in Castelnaudary, France

Population: 11,308
Département: Aude


Where to Drink

Where to Eat


Maison du Cassoulet
24 Cours de la République

*Cassoulet = a flavorful, slow-cooked French casserole (originating in Castelnaudary!) that contains meat, pork skin, and white beans

Anywhere on the Quai du Port
(along the Canal du Midi) 

Where to Party + Dance

Best Spot to Grab a Coffee



Le Français
34 Cours de la République

Café de l'Industrie
30 Cours de la République



Must-See | Must-Do

Museums to Visit


Musée du Lauragais
Rampe du Présidial

  • Eat cassoulet !
  • Bike along the Canal du Midi + in the
  • urrounding  countryside
  • Visit the nearby Cité Médievale de Carcassonne
  • Spend several weekends exploring nearby Toulouse

Ideas for Day + Weekend Trips

  • Carcassonne
  • Toulouse
  • Montpellier
  • Bordeaux
  • Nîmes

Pleasant Walks

Outdoor Activities

  • Walk, run + bike along the Canal du Midi
  • Canal du Midi
  • akes around Castelnaudary

Housing Examples

  • 310€ per month for a 29-square-meter, newly-remodeled studio
    (ith no roommates)

Worst Things About Castelnaudary

Best Things About Castelnaudary

  • The warm and friendly spirit of the town
  • One of the most "French" experiences to be had as a teaching assistant
  • Can be boring at times
  • Small town
  • ot many young people around

Pro-Tips from Past + Current Teaching Assistants

  • If you know someone with a car (usually the teachers here are very sweet to take assistants around to different places) there are plenty of tiny communes around Castelnaudary with many cultural sites to explore.
  • Meet the people of Castel! These people are real, hardworking, salt-of-the-earth French people and that makes them extremely friendly and open to sharing their stories and friendship.
  • The best thing about Castel is the spirit of the town. It is so small and there really is not much to do for fun, but if you open up to meeting people and making friends, it changes everything.
  • Unfortunately, assistants may be very bored here, so it's best to plan weekends in advance and visit others in the region rather than to stay alone in Castel.
  • It is recommend to live in the city of Toulouse if you are the only assistant in this town and you are looking for more fun things closer to home. However, if you're looking to be truly involved in small-town French life, then there really isn't a better place than Castel!


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