Carcassonne

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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.

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

SOWELL HÔTELS Les Chevaliers
SOWELL HÔTELS Les Chevaliers
4 out of 5
2 Rue des Calquières, Carcassonne, 11000
The price is £101 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Carcassonne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (358 reviews)
"The whole experience was amazing. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Rooms are extremely well finished and modern! And the views of the castle are spectacular! Also take the opportunity to have dinner at the restaurant sitting outside- great food and views"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2022

SOWELL HÔTELS Les Chevaliers
Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
4 out of 5
18, Rue Camille Saint-Saens, Carcassonne, Aude, 11000
The price is £108 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Carcassonne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (694 reviews)
"Nice hotel and location- 3 min walk to the castle."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
Best Western Plus Le Donjon - Coeur de La Cite Medievale
Best Western Plus Le Donjon - Coeur de La Cite Medievale
4 out of 5
2 Rue du Comte Roger, Carcassonne, Aude, 11000
The price is £119 per night from 11 Jul to 12 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Carcassonne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Very charming and private car park staff went above and beyond to help us!"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2022

Best Western Plus Le Donjon - Coeur de La Cite Medievale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Adonis Carcassonne Résidence la Barbacane
Adonis Carcassonne Résidence la Barbacane
3 out of 5
15, Rue de la Barbacane, Carcassonne, Aude, 11000
The price is £49 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly residence in Carcassonne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall ...
3.8/5 Good! (822 reviews)
"Smooth and easy transaction"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

Adonis Carcassonne Résidence la Barbacane
Cerise Carcassonne Sud
Cerise Carcassonne Sud
3 out of 5
1 Rue Darius Milhaud, Carcassonne, 11000
The price is £71 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3-star spa aparthotel in Carcassonne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4/5 Very Good! (821 reviews)
viva la france cerise
"Nice roomy apartment with everything we needed and easy to adjust to our likings"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2021

Cerise Carcassonne Sud
Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Carcassonne
Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Carcassonne
3 out of 5
14 Route de Villemoustaussou, Carcassonne, Carcassonne, 11000
The price is £58 per night from 27 Jun to 28 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Carcassonne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (314 reviews)
Nice stay
"Very good location easy to find, very friendly efficient reception and check in / out Clean quiet room, very comfortable"

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2021

Zenitude Hôtel - Résidences Carcassonne
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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