An enchanting fortified French town
Carcassonne is a quaint yet grand city located in the French region of Languedoc. Tourists can enjoy the carefully preserved medieval fortress by walking around its cobbled streets. Discover the ancient memorials and architecture of a city divided into a fortified area known as Cité de Carcassonne and the lower city of Ville Basse. Museums have been dedicated to some of the artistic residents of Carcassonne. View work by painter Jean Beaubois at the Beaubois Museum and tour Memorial House, the former home of poet Joë Bousquet. Take a guided tour of the Roman Cathedral and visit the 14th century tomb of Bishop Pierre de Rochefort. Wander around the medieval city to take in the sights and sounds of the markets and terraced cafes. Climb the castle ramparts for breathtaking views over Carcassonne and see the residence of the city’s Count. The grounds of the Bastide Saint Louis make for an idyllic stroll.
Carcassonne is a fairytale city from the story books. A fortified wall of spiralling turrets appeals to visitors looking for an authentic tour of historic France. Explore the cathedrals and castle. Hidden passageways, cobbled lanes, iron gates and Gothic architecture lend to the striking beauty of Carcassonne.
When to Go?
Located on the south-western side of France, near to the Pyrenees, Carcassonne features a Mediterranean climate with distinctive seasons. Avoid autumn and winter months as these are the wettest. Although quieter in terms of tourism October- November can be chilly with average temperatures of around 10°C which plummet during the night. July and August are the hottest months of the year with temperatures soaring above 30°C and are considered the best times to visit.
How to Get There?
Carcassonne is served by Carcassonne Salvaza International Airport located 3km (2 miles) from the city centre. Direct flights are available from the UK with the budget airline Ryanair. Passengers can travel to the centre of Carcassonne by taxi. A stand is available outside the terminal building; alternatively you can book a cab from the desk inside the reception area. The flight from the UK to Carcassonne takes almost 2 hours.
Architecture such as the Gothic basilica and Romanesque cathedral enchant visitors to the city. The Medieval ramparts and fortified walls aside, travellers should enjoy the laid back approach to city life in Carcassonne. Hire a boat and spend an afternoon sailing along Canal du Midi. Dock at the Aude and have a picnic on the grassy banks. Restaurants in Carcassonne are renowned for their locally sourced ingredients; while away an evening with a bottle of wine and a sumptuous meal.
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