The French city of Carcassonne lies in southern France, not a million miles from the Spanish border. Served by Carcassonne Airport (also known as Carcassonne Salvaza Airport), you can get your holiday off to a great start in no time, as it is located just a short 15 minute drive from the city centre.
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it certainly has plenty to offer the visitor and its ideal location means that should you have your fill, there is more than enough nearby to keep you occupied.
Things to See and Do in Carcassonne
The city of Carcassonne is divided in two parts; the medieval walled city and the town centre, better known as Ville Basse. It is the walled city, Cité de Carcassonne, which is a UNESCO site and is essentially a medieval fortress with a history that dates back over 2,500 years. Much of the fortifications have experienced reconstruction, primarily during the 19th Century but they haven't lost any of their charm. With over 50 towers and more than 3km of walls, the area is vast and enchanting and simply must be explored during your time here, including the breathtaking castle and its contents too!
In Ville Basse, you can spend hours traversing streets which are filled with French bistros, cafes and restaurants and of course a very healthy selection of boutiques and shops. Be sure also to venture to the Canal port, where you can embark on a canal boat trip on Canal du Midi. You could even rent your own boat if you prefer, or take a short half day trip.
Day Trips From Carcassonne
Travel out towards the shoreline and traverse the city of Narbonne. It can be reached in just 45 minutes by car and is worth the journey for this historic city is very much a hidden gem. Amble around the Cathedral and unearth the history of the area with a visit to the Musée Archeologique. Its coastal location means you can head to the beach in the afternoon too, just a short 15km drive from the city centre.
Perpignan is only a stones' throw away too, a famous French city with plenty on offer. Sample some of the fabulous cuisine and of course the wine, should you be staying for a night or two. View the marvellous Palais des Rois de Majorque (The Palace of the Kings of Majorca) and stroll through the attractive Saint-Jean quarter.
Hop in your hire car and head north to the city of Toulouse. It's only an hour's drive away but has endless hours of entertainment on offer. Architecturally speaking, it's a treasure trove of impressive buildings from the bridges spanning the river to the many churches speckling the streets.