Carcassonne is a town you must see and before you leave this earth according to the poet Gustave Nadaud..! It has a lot to offer both inside the medieval fortress known as La Cité and in the Bastide Saint-Louis, the so called modern city built during the reign of Saint Louis in 1260. Not so modern actually..!
There are plenty of things to do in the bastide including the markets held on Tuesday’s, Thursdays and Saturdays (you can join us on one of our fabulous Carcassonne Foodie Walking tour), wander the checker board of narrow streets taking in the fine facades of the private mansions bearing witness to the textile industry that brought wealth to the town. Take a look at the Portail des Jacobins which is the only surviving gateway into the city when once there had been 4. The gateway leads you into the centre of the town and to the main square, Place Carnot with its Neptune fountain carved from pink marble and lined with lively cafés, it’s a great place to sip a coffee and watch the world go by.
But when you’ve had enough of the Bastide there is still La Cité to explore so make your way across The Pont Vieux, the 14th century bridge that crosses the River Aude and leads you up through the little village that sits just below the imposing walls. It’s worth pausing here for a look at the little shops and cafes, getting your breath and preparing for the steep-ish walk up to La Cité. This part of Carcassonne will keep you entertained for a number of hours, it’s just one square mile so you don’t need days to look around and we love it most in the evening when many of the tourist have gone. With the crowds diminished you can wander around the town with ease or walk the ramparts and gaze out at Bastide Saint-Louise across the river.
Carcassonne is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is scattered with many interesting villages and not far away is the handsome town of Limoux. We strongly urge you to stay long enough to visit some of them, don’t rush by we know you won’t regret it and to help you decide where to stay we have gathered some of the best accommodation for you to choose from.
City B & B’s – we love our selection of B&B’s inside Carcassonne and know you will too!
Country B&B’s – The countryside around Carcassonne if filled with pretty villages for you to stay in.
Hotels – We have put together a small and select choice of lovely hotels that will make sure your holiday or short stay in and around Carcassonne is perfect.
Apartments, Villas & Cottages – From pretty village cottages to grand châteaux we have handpicked the places where we would love to stay in or close to Carcassonne.