Carcassonne.

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Carcassonne is a city in southern France, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) east of Toulouse, best known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city. It can be visited comfortably as a day trip. The town centre, known as the ville basse (literally ‘lower city’), where the other sights and hotels are located.

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The Cité de Carcassonne (map) a medieval fortress settlement with a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years. Picturesque fortifications (over 3 km of walls with 52 towers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was partly shot here).

Cité de Carcassonne (map). The fortified city consists essentially of a concentric design of two outer walls with 53 towers and barbicans to prevent attack by siege engines. One section is Roman and is notably different from the medieval walls, with the tell-tale red brick layers and the shallow pitch terracotta tile roofs. One of these towers housed the Catholic Inquisition in the 13th century and is still known as “The Inquisition Tower” (Musée de l’Inquisition (map)).

Carcassonne Cathedral (map). The building was built in the thirteenth century as a parish church, dedicated to Saint Michael. Following war damage in the fourteenth century it was rebuilt as a fortified church.

Don’t leave Carcassonne without trying cassoulet, a local dish made of beans, sausage and duck. Foie gras is also a speciality of the region, so expect it to be on many menus.

Much to see in this somewhat neglected region of France. Get into the hills and visit little villages like Minerve. Try using the Michelin maps but forsake the red roads and take to the little white roads. You will be rewarded by seeing lovely little places that tour buses etc. never visit.

There are regular barge trips along the historic Canal du Midi, and these are a very relaxing way of spending some time. The boats leave from the jetty just outside the main train station, and tickets can be bought from clearly signposted vendors at the canal-side (just beside the lock).

 

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in France.

TER Occitanie. Carcassonne railway station (Gare de Carcassonne, map).

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BUS: sobus.travel — sells bus tickets for all the bus companies. OuibusIsilinesFlixBusEurolinesMegabus >> (*Intercity buses in France)

TRAIN: Trains are a great way to get around in France. For regional trains, schedules can be found at ter.sncf.com. You can get from pretty much anywhere to anywhere else by train.

For long distances, use the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, or High-speed train) on which reservations are obligatory. TGVThelloOuigo. + RailEurope • EurostarThalysizy (Paris-Brussels) • TGV Lyria (Switzerland) • DB (Germany) • RENFE (Barcelona) >> (*Rail travel in France)

AIRPORT: parisaeroport.fr – Paris airport information. The main international airport, Roissy – Charles de Gaulle, is likely to be your port of entry if you fly into France from outside Europe.

FERRY: Brittany FerriesP&O FerriesDFDS Seaways

We found the BEST city in France… and no-one comes here?

We had never heard of this incredible city before we started looking around the south of France. But WOAH, we are so glad we decided to swing passed and check it out. The medieval city of Carcassonne is honestly one of the best stops we have had so far! and may be the BEST castle in Europe and was certainly a hidden gem of France for us! (Although it seems to be well known to other Europeans! )

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

How do you obtain a VISA for a stay in France – and what are the customs procedures? + Customs and Visas (france.fr)

ABOUT-FRANCE.COM.

The practical travel and tourist information pages on Paris, French regions, driving in France, and a whole lot more.

FRANCE-VOYAGE.COM.

France-Voyage.com is a leading guide to Tourism in France. It provides holidaymakers with all the practical and cultural information.

guide.michelin.com: Find your next great culinary experience with the MICHELIN Guide.

France-Voyage.com: Since it was created in 2003, France-Voyage.com has developed over the years to become a leading guide to Tourism in France. It provides holidaymakers with all the practical and cultural information they need to help plan their stay.

About-France.com – is a website filled with hundreds of pages of relevant and useful information about France. The practical travel and tourist information pages on Paris, French regions, driving in France, and a whole lot more, are just part of a much wider exploration of modern France.

Le Figaro: This is a French newspaper that covers news, culture, and entertainment in France, and provides practical information for tourists on topics such as food, wine, and shopping.

Auto Europe: This website provides information on car rental options in France, as well as booking options and practical information on driving in France.

Velib: This is the website of Paris’ public bike-sharing system and provides information on renting bikes, pricing, and station locations.