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CarcassonneFrance

Walk along charming cobblestone streets and admire views from medieval castle ramparts in one of Languedoc’s most visited cities.

Carcassonne’s classic medieval castle stands grandly on a hilltop against the stunning backdrop of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain). The town is divided into the Bastide St-Louis (or the Ville Basse or Lower City) and the medieval Cité, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join millions of visitors admiring the landmark castle annually and explore the lesser-known Ville Basse.

Start your trip with a visit to the Cité. An important stronghold for more than 2,000 years, this fort is protected by inner and outer walls and 52 stone towers. The fortress was renovated by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the second half of the 19th century. He transformed it into today’s artistic masterpiece. Enter through the main gateway of Porte Narbonnaise into the citadel’s interior, where you’ll find souvenir shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Head to Château Comtal for views from the castle ramparts. Look around the rooms of this 12th-century keep and read interesting descriptive panels. Join a guided tour of the ramparts to view the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees.

Inspect the wonderful rose windows and detailed carvings of the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire. It was built between the 11th and 14th centuries and is home to a historic organ, one of the oldest in southwestern France. Climb the tower for gorgeous views over the Cité. Check for any scheduled performances of the all-male quintet that frequently sings traditional chants here.

Spend a few hours exploring the city’s quieter Ville Basse, located on the left bank of the River Aude. The highlight of this more modern area of the city is the Musee des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum). Examine the superb collection of 17th- and 18th-century Flemish paintings and works by local artists.

Take a free shuttle from Carcassonne’s airport 2 miles (3 kilometers) east to the city. Most trains traveling south or east from Toulouse stop in Carcassonne. A drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne will take just over an hour.

Top Hotels in Carcassonne

Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
4 out of 5
18, Rue Camille Saint-Saens, Carcassonne, Aude
The price is CA $122 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

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! (599 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 Aug. 27, 2020

Mercure Carcassonne la Cite Hotel
Hotel Les Cabanes Dans Les Bois
Hotel Les Cabanes Dans Les Bois
3 out of 5
Domaine de Fourtou, Villalier, Aude
The price is CA $146 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Situated in Villalier, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Saint-Jean Locks, Parc du Père Noël, and Canal du Midi Harbor Master's Office. St. Vincent Church ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Magical treehouse

"Wonderful cabin in the woods! Wish we could have stayed longer! Staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2015

Hotel Les Cabanes Dans Les Bois
Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
Place Auguste Pierre Pont, Carcassonne, Aude
The price is CA $258 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

Located in City of Carcassonne, this luxury hotel is steps from Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse and Aude Gate. Narbonnaise Gate and Chateau Comtal are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (497 reviews)
Great location

"Lovely but odd small inefficiencies Taxi cannot come directly to hotel, you must call the hotel to arrange a pick up at a nearby parking lot Breakfast is very very expensive and in off season the restaurant is closed but many restaurants close by Furniture in room rather used looking Great views"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
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.

Vacation Rentals in Carcassonne

Résidence Vayamundo Quillan-l'Espinet
Résidence Vayamundo Quillan-l'Espinet
3 out of 5
Résidence de l'espinet, Quillan

Situated on a lake, this spa residence is within 12 mi (20 km) of Rennes-le-Chateau Church, Abbey of Alet-les-Bains, and Gorges de St-Georges. Puivert Castle ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Great accommodation for families visiting the Aude

"We stayed self catering in a standard 2 bedroom villa located on a hill - a really peaceful and scenic location, within the Vayamundo Quillan complex. Most of the other people staying were Belgian and French (and we're British) but that was OK for us. Our daughter made friends with kids in the swimming ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 29, 2019

Résidence Vayamundo Quillan-l'Espinet
Huge Luxury House With Garden, Aircon and Private Heated Pool By Castle
Huge Luxury House With Garden, Aircon and Private Heated Pool By Castle
Carcassonne, Occitanie

This family-friendly Carcassonne vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Aude Gate, Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse, and Narbonnaise Gate. Chateau ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great place to stay and awesome location.

"Really beautiful old property that is well located and stocked with everything. We really had a great time in this vacation rental."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2019

Huge Luxury House With Garden, Aircon and Private Heated Pool By Castle
Adonis Carcassonne - Résidence la Barbacane
Adonis Carcassonne - Résidence la Barbacane
3 out of 5
15, Rue de la Barbacane, Carcassonne, Aude
The price is CA $58 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Situated near the airport, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse, Aude Gate, and Chateau Comtal. Narbonnaise Gate ...

3.8/5Good! (790 reviews)

"Was on ok stay, just the WIFI needs to be improved."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2020

Adonis Carcassonne - Résidence la Barbacane
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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