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La cité of Carcassonne

The Medieval City in Carcassonne

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Step back in time in the old city of Carcassonne


'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 cafes 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!

11 holiday homes in the area...


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Domaine de Nérige

6 bed. holiday home

Holiday villa in Languedoc with private, heated pool

Villa Lana

4 bed. holiday villa

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Maison Albarels

3 bed. holiday home

Holiday home in Languedoc

Mas Orbiel

9 bed. holiday home

Holiday home in Languedoc

Domaine de Belzons

4 bed. holiday home

Holiday accommodation in Languedoc

Les Quatre Saisons

5 bed. holiday accommodation

Holiday home in Languedoc

La Cantaluze

4 bed. holiday home

Holiday home in Languedoc

Le Mas Chevalier

7 bed. holiday home

Rental home in Languedoc

Gîte Tuilerie

2 bed. rental home

Holiday home in Languedoc

Maison Marseillette

4 bed. holiday home

Holiday home in Languedoc with private pool

Maison des Roses

3 bed. holiday home

Note: This article may contain or reflect personal opinions and cannot be considered contractual.
Full property details and booking terms and conditions are available on the relevant property page(s).
Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, October 2016.


   

Guide to La Cité, Carcassonne

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