Castelnaudary is a town with a population of jst over 11,000 inhabitants. There are a lot of cars, due to the industrial growth of the town, and many of the older homes are not well preserved, unlike the other towns that I visited. Maybe that's why I do not like much the medium cities, as they are neither in the past nor the present. There is a square, Verdun, and a little to the left, a huge church sandwiched between streets and houses. Lots of cars and too much noise. Thank God the bakeries retain their quality, the quality of French pastries is beyond doubt. The village is known in the province for the most typical dish of all, "cassoulet", a stew of beans with beef.
The Grand Bassin du Canal du Midi is a lake that is located at the foot of the town of Castelnaudary, bringing the sea to this small French town. It is part of the Canal du Midi which is a navigable river which runs through the south of France and that attracts many tourists because it is so easy to navigate. Many tourists like to bring houseboats to these parts. At the lake you will see many ducks that come in groups. There is tons of nature to enjoy here. Around the lake there are many people walking, bicycling. I recommend a walk along the lake because you will see a lot of beautiful boats. Also, when you reach a bridge, you can take the main street of the town up and go walking around until you get back round the lake. If you go in the fall and winter months, I recommend you dress warmly because it is very cold and very wet. The sunsets are spectacular and the views of the town with the church are just unbeatable. In addition, the lake is so big it looks like Castelnaudary was floating on it. If you have a car it is super easy to get to this part of the lake. Although you don't have permission to sail, you can rent a boat to see this Canal.
Perhaps the most interesting place in Castelnaudary. From this mill you can observe the battlefield where the most important event, historically speaking, of the city took place. It overlooks the people logically, where the wind can move the mill accordingly. Today there's a park where young couples come to make out and others come to walk their dogs. The views are beautiful, the fields, now converted into crops, give off different colors and shades. Here you can relax and eat a sandwich after visiting the noisy people.