Perched on a hill, the medieval city of Carcassonne is the second French tourist
place after the Eiffel Tower and is rightly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carcassonne is
located just over 30 minutes by car from the Hamlet of Montcabirol, through beautiful countryside.
The fortifications surrounding the city are like something from a fairy tale. With its two
exterior walls, fortifications and turrets it looks more like a castle than a city. Inside the wall
are a labyrinth of small streets full of beautiful old buildings, shops to browse and places
where you can stop for coffee, a drink or a meal.
Around the city, the ramparts and 52 towers extend over three kilometers. You can walk the
whole ramparts circuit, start your visit by entering via Château Comtal. Here
you can pick up an audio guide that will enhance your visit with information on how
the walls were built and restored and much more.
Visit the Basilica of Saints Nazaire and Celsus, which was built over hundreds of
years, making it a rare blend of Gothic and Romanesque. In the choir, the long central spot,
the glass window is one of the oldest outside of northern France.
Carcassonne is not only about the old town, the lower town is also worth a visit. It is easy to
cross the bridge, from where you can admire the magnificent walls.
Known as the Bastide de Saint-Louis, it was built in the 13th century. Much quieter than the
bustling fortification above, the streets are wider and have a variety of shops, bars, cafes
Start your visit at Place Carnot where the restaurant tables overflow onto the square,
surrounding the Neptune fountain.
Speaking of restaurants, here are our five current favorite restaurants in Carcassonne
(not all of them have websites, so some direct links to other pages):
2. Count Roger
3. Le Bistro D'Alice
4. The Table de la Bastide
5. La P'tite Table
To disagree? Let us know so that we can inform our customers.
To find out more about what to do and where to visit Carcassonne, check out these sites:
Le touriste fou
Office de tourisme