Carcassonne new town on market day

The New Town in Carcassonne

Tourism

Here's what to see in the 'Ville Basse' of Carcassonne. The new town of Carcassonne offers, shops, bars, restaurants and markets and the lower town (Ville Basse) or 'new town' is where you head, to return to the modern world, although there are still buildings dating back to medieval times.

There is a more cosmopolitan feel with a charming main square and selection of cafés and bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques as well as museums and galleries. If you are looking for a bit of lively nightlife in Carcassonne there are two Irish bars; The Celt Pub and O'Sheridans.

Stock up on regional delicacies at the market, held on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. The free Museum of fine art (Musee des Beaux Arts) is well worth a visit with a permanent collection of 19th century works and changing temporary exhibitions.

The walk from the citadel to the new town across the foot bridge offers some of the best views back to the Medieval fortress, so have your camera at the ready.

Location

Carcassonne, Occitanie

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Maison Albarels

Holiday home in Occitanie

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 Cite.

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Villa Lana

Holiday villa in Languedoc with private, heated pool

Mediterranean style villa set in 2½ 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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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 Wi-Fi 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 maitre, fully renovated to offer excellent holiday accommodation for up to 8 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.

Four, 1st floor bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms plus 'Jack and Jill' bathroom for third and fourth bedroom.

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La Cantaluze

Holiday home in Languedoc

Traditional-style country home with contemporary interior set on a small wine domaine amongst the Languedoc vineyards, just 15 minutes from Carcassonne.

Accommodation over two floors with kitchen and dining area opening to garden terrace, living room with Wifi, two ground-floor bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom plus family bathroom.

Two further bedrooms upstairs with additional family bathroom.

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Maison des Roses

Holiday home in Languedoc with private pool

Contemporary home set on the edge of the small town of Pennautier, just 15 minutes from the centre of Carcassonne with its amazing citadel and summer activities.

Open-plan living accommodation, air-conditioned with kitchen, dining and living area opening out to the dining terrace.

Three bedrooms, one ensuite and one family bathroom.

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