CarcassonneFrance

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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, 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 Medieval City of Carcassonne and Aude Gate 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 plan an outing to Pont-Neuf de Carcassonne and Aude Gate while you're in town.

Bastide Saint-Louis

Top hotels in Carcassonne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
Place Auguste Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, Aude
Rs12,991
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in City of Carcassonne, this luxury hotel is steps away from Medieval City of Carcassonne, Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse and Aude Gate. Narbonnaise ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (468 reviews)

"Property grounds were beautiful. All Staff were helpful & pleasant. Walkable to restaurants!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
Best Western Le Donjon
Best Western Le Donjon
4 out of 5
2 Rue du Comte Roger, Carcassonne, Aude
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs6,236
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in City of Carcassonne, this romantic hotel is steps away from Aude Gate, Narbonnaise Gate and Chateau Comtal. Carcassonne Station is 25 minutes by ...

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"Very friendly and courteous staff. Ideally positioned within Carcassonne."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Best Western Le Donjon
DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne, France
DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne, France
5 out of 5
2 Rue des Calquières, Carcassonne
Rs7,461
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

Located in the heart of Carcassonne, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pont-Neuf de Carcassonne and Medieval City of Carcassonne. Narbonnaise Gate ...

4.3/5Excellent! (146 reviews)

"I was initially unsure if the location was the best but as it transpired, it was spot on for both the old & new towns."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Carcassonne, France

Popular things to do in Carcassonne

Medieval City of Carcassonne
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Medieval City of Carcassonne

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Carcassonne with a stop at Medieval City of Carcassonne. Amble around the area's marina or experience its theatre scene.

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. Discover the theatre scene and monuments in this relaxing area.

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.

Reviews of Carcassonne

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 28, 2019

The wine festival on the Friday and Saturday was brilliant live bands loads of different vineyards selling their wines and food

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 21, 2019

The castle was an amazing sight.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 16, 2019

I would recommend pastries at Kirstin's, tapas at Le Passage and crepes/pizza at O Deliz Cafe, all on Rue Trivalle and all only a couple of minutes walk from the hotel :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 1, 2019

I enjoyed a boat trip on the canal du midi, and a walk around the lake of Cavayere.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 21, 2019

The medieval city and rampart walk is an interesting half/full day experience with seasonal evening light shows that illuminate the chateau. We did not have time to see the city outside the medieval walls, stopping for only two nights.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 14, 2019

Beautiful historic city well worth a visit

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