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Carcassonne, a fortified French city
Carcassonne, a fortified city with 2,000 years of history and home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi and the Medieval Town, is at the heart of the Toulouse-Montpellier-Barcelona triangle. The gem of Carcassonne is without doubt its skyline which is easily recognisable and famous all around the world. The town blooms in the plains of the Cathar Country and is easily accessible by train from Toulouse (about 1h trip), from Montpellier (about 1h30 trip) and from Barcelona (2h30 trip).
Have a morning café and a croissant at the Place du Marché at the heart of the Bastide Saint Louis district (the new city). Afterwards cross the town to the medieval city. Enter the magnificent walled city through the Porte Narbonnaise, move along the rampart and visit the Château Comtal and the Basilique Saint Nazaire. After your trip you better be hungry!
Finish your day casually by enjoying a boat trip through the Canal du Midi to admire the medieval city or discover vineyards through their different terroirs: Minervois, Corbières, Cabardès and Malpère to name a few.
Our tip: Enjoy one of our cultural events - Festival de la Cité, Fireworks, Medieval Jousting, X-mas market, Feria…
Tuck in one of our 3 starred restaurants in the Michelin Guide or in a traditional one and treat yourself with a local and traditional dish, the Cassoulet. End your meal on a sweet note with a Saint-Jean de Minervois Muscat-based dessert.
You can find numerous souvenir shops in the town.
Carcassonne Tourist Office
28, rue de Verdun, 11890 Carcassonne
Tel: +33 (0) 468 102 430
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.
Getting to and from Carcassonne
|From Argeles Sur Mer||01:55|
|From Brive La Gaillarde||03:12|
|From Villefranche De Lau||00:33|
|From Limoux (localite)||00:30|
|From Lezignan Corbiere||00:17|
|From Alet Les Bains||00:45|
|From Couiza Montazels||00:53|
|To Lezignan Corbiere||00:20|
|To Limoux (localite)||00:33|
|To Villefranche De Lau||00:37|
|To Alet Les Bains||00:43|
|To Couiza Montazels||00:52|
|To Argeles Sur Mer||04:00|
|To Aix En Provence Tgv||04:47|
|To Brive La Gaillarde||05:26|
|To Aeroport C De Gaulle||07:29|
Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Carcassonne can be found.
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