La cité of Carcassonne

Cité de Carcassonne


Step back in time in the old city of Carcassonne.

Visit La Cité, the world famous walled medieval city, a UNESCO world heritage site.

'La Cité' is truly a sight to behold, with fairy-tale turrets and winding streets to explore. As well as the many restaurants and shops on offer, you can walk around the perimeter of the walls, take a horse and cart ride (great for kids!), soak up the history and enjoy the far-reaching views.

A stunning sight from the outside, the best place to view the city in it's entirety is from the bridges which cross the river into the new part of Carcassonne.

After a turbulent history most famously linked to the Cathar religion, it was very nearly lost completely, and close to crumbling to the ground. A ground breaking restoration in the late 19th century revamped it to what it would have looked like in medieval times, with a few extra flourishes (the fairy tale pointed turrets were a new addition).

You can now wander the atmospheric cobbled streets and imagine what life would have been like in this notoriously dark time in history. Inside you will find souvenirs and gift shops, boutiques, galleries, museums and a vast array of cafés and restaurants offering mouthwatering local cuisine.

You can easily see the sights in one day, but something tells me once you experience it you will want to come back for more!

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Cité de Carcassonne, 1 Rue Viollet le Duc, 11000, Carcassonne, Aude, Occitanie, France

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Maison Albarels

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Set in the heart of the small, country village of Ventenac-Cabardès, close to Carcassonne, this is a fully restored family home offering 3 bedrooms and a private garden and heated pool.

Lovely setting amongst the rolling countryside and vineyards with a grocery shop only 50m from the property for supplies / bread. Famous Canal du Midi is close-by with its shaded tow-paths and waterside restaurants. Shops, restaurants and supermarket just 5 minutes away in nearby Pennautier.

Carcassonne, the capital of the Aude region, has the largest walled medieval fortress and city in Europe and is a major tourist destination in the summer. Many movies about the Crusaders and medieval knights were filmed there, including the movie Robin Hood staring Kevin Costner. Restaurants and shops selling local goods fill the ancient Cité.

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La Belle Vue

Holiday home in Montréal, Occitanie

Contemporary, detached home in a charming location with Mediterranean garden and excellent views.

Air-conditioning throughout. Wi-Fi internet and UK TV channels.

Open-plan living and dining area. Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and twin room plus large family bathroom.

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Holiday accommodation in Languedoc

Beautiful, traditional farmhouse set in open countryside, just 20 minutes from Carcassonne. Its just a 2 minutes drive (or easy walk) to the local village with bakery, grocery store, restaurant, bar and supermarket.

7 acres of private grounds with large lawn, Mediterranean garden with fruit and palm trees and woodland.

Quality accommodation throughout with a 5 star rating from the 'Étoiles de France'. 8 double bedrooms (5 in the main house with 2 bathrooms and 3 in the gîte with 2 bathrooms).

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Domaine de Nérige

Holiday home near Saint-Martin-de-Villeréglan, Occitanie

A unique and simply outstanding property. This former wine domaine and country estate house has been renovated throughout to an extremely high specification. Original features remain throughout.

Superb interior design gives a real 'French country house' feel; superior furnishings and attention to detail everywhere.

Six bedrooms to sleep 12. Five bedrooms have spacious, high spec ensuite bathrooms. Four bedrooms are full bedroom suites with air-conditioning, their own seating areas and library.

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Maison Charvin

Holiday home in Languedoc

Featured in The Irish Times - 'Real life in the real France'.

Behind the tall French iron gates is a beautiful and very private house that has been fully restored to a high standard throughout and is set in the lovely village of Montlaur, an unspoilt, classically French wine-producing village just 20 minutes South-East of Carcassonne in the stunning Corbières.

All facilities in Montlaur, two minutes, café bar, fresh bread and general store, pharmacy and butcher.

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Domaine Rabassie

Holiday accommodation in Languedoc

Superb country house with private estate located just 25 minutes from Carcassonne.

The property has undergone extensive, high quality renovation and now offers an outstanding family home for summer holidays with extended family or friends. Six bedrooms to sleep up to 12 people, 5 bathrooms and further family bathroom.

Wonderful, open-plan living area with fully equipped kitchen, dining table, beamed ceilings, TV with UK satellite channels and Wi-Fi internet.

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Maison Laurent

Holiday home in Languedoc

Award winning, elegant 'master's house' – maison de maître – spanning four floors, set in historical village, close to Limoux and Carcassonne.

High quality renovations throughout, this spacious luxury rental offers charming character with six distinctive ensuite bedrooms to sleep up to 11 people.

Air-conditioning throughout.

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Villa Lana

Holiday villa in Languedoc with private, heated pool

Mediterranean style villa set in 2.5 acres of land with pretty landscaped gardens, separate pool area and a small fruit orchard.

The villa is fully equipped for family living and provides modern and spacious accommodation for 8 people.

Main living areas all open on to the sun terrace which runs across the front of the villa - providing an ideal spot for outdoor dining and entertaining.

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Les Quatre Saisons

Holiday accommodation in Saint-Martin-de-Villereglan

Nestled atop vineyards on a South-facing hill, this country home is a tranquil oasis of calm with spectacular uninterrupted views towards the distant Pyrénées.

25 acres of private grounds with huge flat lawn and accessible rolling meadow.

370 m² single-level interior with open-plan dining area and kitchen. Living room with Smart TV, Wi-Fi internet and PlayStation 4, opening out onto terrace with large outside dining area with spectacular views.

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Mas Orbiel

Holiday home in Languedoc

A superb opportunity to come and stay on a beautiful wine estate set in 175 acres of vines, olives, pines, lavender fields, just 15 minutes outside Carcassonne.

Two adjacent properties (farmhouse and manor house) have been completely modernised and upgraded using traditional, high quality materials. The properties can each accommodate 8 to 10 people in comfort or combine both for a group of up to 20 visitors.

Beautifully restored, the properties have many original features; beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls, colourful Languedoc tiles and an old stone staircase. Accommodation is spread over the two properties; red house with open-plan living and dining room and kitchen, cabled internet and utility room. Two first floor bedrooms and three second floor bedrooms all with air-conditioning.

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Domaine de Belzons

Holiday home in Languedoc

Large, fully renovated tradional Languedoc maison de maître, fully renovated to offer excellent holiday accommodation for up to 10 people.

The house has been renovated throughout to a high standard; ground floor kitchen and dining area leads out to the dining terrace. TV and living room with Wi-Fi internet.

Further living room.

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Chez Gecko

Rental villa in Languedoc

This stylish single-storey villa is situated in a quiet location with stunning views over vineyards and the Black Mountains.

Yet from the villa you are only a 5 minutes walk to Montréal village centre, where you will find bakeries, a butcher, pharmacy, post office, a bank with cash machine and a small supermarket, which is open on Sunday morning. There is also a typical café and restaurant.

The villa is beautifully decorated, with all the home comforts you could need. There has even been clever use of a spare room near the bedrooms - this has been converted to a walk-in wardrobe, with plenty of space for all the family's clothes and suitcases, thus leaving the bedrooms feeling spacious and uncluttered.

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