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

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

Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
4 out of 5
18, Rue Camille Saint-Saens, Carcassonne, Aude
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £85 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in the heart of Carcassonne, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Chateau Comtal and Narbonnaise Gate. Aude Gate and Basilica of St. Nazaire ...
4.2/5Excellent! (615 reviews)
Great location
"The location of this hotel is perfect for exploring Carcassonne. We had a comfortable room overlooking the garden. It’s pet friendly and has parking on site. The staff were helpful and the basic breakfast was plenty for us."

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2020

Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
Best Western Le Donjon – Cœur de La Cité Médiévale
Best Western Le Donjon – Cœur de La Cité Médiévale
4 out of 5
2 Rue du Comte Roger, Carcassonne, Aude
The price is £95 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Great location, parking service excellent, good hotel, very good room & great bathroom"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Best Western Le Donjon – Cœur de La Cité Médiévale
Hôtel du Château & Spa Gemology
Hôtel du Château & Spa Gemology
4 out of 5
2 Rue Camille Saint Saens, Carcassonne, Aude
The price is £157 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Located in City of Carcassonne, this spa hotel is steps away from Chateau Comtal and Narbonnaise Gate. Aude Gate and Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (284 reviews)
Wonderful boutique hotel overlooking a chateau.
"Wonderful boutique hotel overlooking a castle. Staff were very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2021

Hôtel du Château & Spa Gemology
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