Just 30minutes from our properties is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Carcassonne. La Cite, the fortified upper city is an entire town within walls. These massive ramparts atop a hill provide broad views of the lower Bastide city below. In Carcassonne you can experience a vist within the Cathar castle, enjoy food & wine from a simple panini to gourmet restaurants and in summer listen to many world-famous musicians (often free) during the aclaimed Festival de Carcassonne. This is a thriving small city with the famous Canal du Midi running through it. There are also fast TGV trains taking just over 2hours to Barcelona and linking with the whole of the French rail network.
When To Go
There isn't really a bad time to visit, since the weather here is quite temperate year-round, so select a season based on your own tastes. In winter, many of the city's tourist attractions are closed or run on limited hours however there is a superb Christmas Market and outdoor Ice Skating in Place Carnot during the Christmas period. Spring and Autumn often have lovely sunny days. Peak summer can be very busy, especially around the 14th July Bastille Day fireworks, however there is room for everyone.
La Cite may be small, but there are many things to see. Take a tour of the ramparts, visit some of the museums, and be sure not to miss visiting the Basilica of Saint Nazaire.
Tours are available in various languages and well worth your time. There is also a museum of Carcassonne's history, and many gift shops.
The Basilica of Saint-Nazaire is filled with wonderful stained glass, and has detailed carvings both inside and out. It is located at Place de l'Eglise.
Les Aigles de La Cite (the Eagles of La Cite) is a great exhibit featuring the largest collection of birds of prey in the world. They are trained in the Medieval methods of flying freely, then coming to the falconers when called. It is at Pech Mary and demonstrations are held from March-November.
The world-famous Canal du Midi runs through Carcassonne so perhaps take a boat trip or hire a bicycle and ride along the towpath.