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Quillan is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.GeographyQuillan is located at the foothills of the Pyrenees, on the road between Carcassonne and Perpignan.Quillan, at the top of the Haute Valley of the Aude, close to the mountains, is a medium sized town 6 km from Espéraza, neighbouring the commune of Ginoles, and is popular for white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking on the Aude River (Alet-les-Bains is another good place to go for white water sports).HistoryQuillan was a significant town on an ancient winding road linking Carcassonne with Perpignan. The river Aude traditionally carried timber and other local products to Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. The town was particularly noted for hat making. However, new and easier routes joining Carcassonne to Perpignan via Narbonne for example have contributed to the town's unemployment during more recent years. Quillan looks increasingly to develop its tourism and with some measure of success. The immediate area is rich in geographical and historical interest.EconomyJean Bourrel, a local businessman who developed a millinery factory in the town, was responsible for the construction of houses, and creation of fashionable hats. Many of these houses have been converted into luxurious holiday homes.
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