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CarcassonneFrance

Ready to take a step back in time? To get your fill of hidden treasures in Carcassonne, the ancient fortified town of the Midi?

Its Gallo-Roman origins and 2,000 years of conquests have made this southern France town famous. Since 1997, Carcassonne has been world-famous for its two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Mediaeval City and the Canal du Midi which can be explored on foot, by bicycle or by boat.

Start your visit at Bastide Saint Louis (13th century), the lower part of the town on the banks of the Aude. Stroll along its chequered streets which are full of stunning town houses, monuments, museums and religious buildings. Stop off at Place Carnot in the shade of plane trees and in the centre admire the stunning Fontaine de Neptune, which dates back to the 18th century. Take a break to sample some local delicacies. Don't miss the fruit, vegetable and flower market which will give you the chance to soak up the typical southern French atmosphere.

Then head for the citadel via the fully pedestrianised 14th-century Pont Vieux, which crosses the Aude. Go through the Porte Narbonnaise or the Porte d'Aude and follow the narrow streets that lead into the heart of the citadel. The 3 kilometres of ramparts will give you various views over the valley, the Pyrenees and the Black Mountains.

Before leaving the Citadel, why not visit the Château Comtal and the lavish Basilica of Saint Nazarius? Or, if you prefer, be tempted by a picturesque trip on the Petit Train de Carcassonne or the Calèches de la Cité.

Don't leave without having sampled the flavours of the local cuisine on offer in the many restaurants, bistros and brasseries that can be found throughout the town.

Carcassonne has a programme of cultural events all year round: The Carcassonne Festival, Embrasement de la Cité (14 July), Féria, Magie de Noël.

Just 50 miles from Toulouse, Carcassonne has air and high-speed rail links. When booking your flight or train ticket with Expedia, you can also choose from a wide range of hotels. You'll also be able to take the time to discover Cathar castles, to sail along the Canal du Midi or follow the Camino de Santiago.

Where to stay in Carcassonne

City of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, Aude, France

City of Carcassonne

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

City of Carcassonne is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Aude Gate and Chateau Comtal while in the area.

City of Carcassonne
Carcassonne which includes landscape views, château or palace and heritage architecture

Bastide Saint-Louis

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Bastide Saint-Louis is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Place Carnot and St. Vincent Church.

Bastide Saint-Louis

Top hotels in Carcassonne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ibis Budget Carcassonne-La Cité
ibis Budget Carcassonne-La Cité
2 out of 5
211 Avenue du General Leclerc, Carcassonne
The price is Rs3,491 per night

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, Chateau Comtal and Narbonnaise Gate. Aude Gate and Basilica ...

4/5Very Good! (160 reviews)

"The hotel was good for the money, but there was no kettle."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2020

ibis Budget Carcassonne-La Cité
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
4 out of 5
Allée Georges Roux, Couiza, Aude
The price is Rs11,172 per night

Situated in Couiza, this historic hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Rennes-le-Chateau Church and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Esperaza Hat Museum. The Nature Trail And The ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (68 reviews)

"Wonderful setting! Dinner experience exceptional!!! Quiet, peaceful and after all a true castle! Would have loved to stay longer but need to continue on our bicycle tour🚲. Merci! Jill & Marco"…"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2019

Château des Ducs de Joyeuse
ibis budget Carcassonne Aéroport
ibis budget Carcassonne Aéroport
2 out of 5
135 rue Alessandro Volta, ZAE La Ferraudiere, Carcassonne
The price is Rs3,491 per night

Situated in Carcassonne, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tennis Asptt Carcassonne, Carcassonne Golf and Canal du Midi Harbor Master's Office. Pont-Neuf ...

4/5Very Good! (188 reviews)

"I like everything provided in the room. Very simple but useful for a short stay."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

ibis budget Carcassonne Aéroport

Popular places to visit in Carcassonne

Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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Chateau de Peyrepertuse

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Rouffiac-des-Corbieres with a visit to Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Wander the gardens or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Aude Gate
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Aude Gate

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Carcassonne when you take a trip to Aude Gate. While in this romantic area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Puivert Castle
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Puivert Castle

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Puivert when you take a trip to Puivert Castle. Discover the countryside while you're in the area.

Lagrasse Abbey
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Lagrasse Abbey

4.5/5(7 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Lagrasse with a trip to Lagrasse Abbey. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the spas while you're in the area.

Narbonnaise Gate
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Narbonnaise Gate

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Carcassonne when you spend time at Narbonnaise Gate. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
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Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Basilica of Saint-Nazaire during your stay in Carcassonne. Amble around this relaxing area's marina or experience its theatre scene.

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