Carcassonne

Carcassonne, photo by Bmsgator
Carcassonne (photo by Bmsgator)
 

Carcassonne is a city located in southern France best known for its historic walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UNESCO summarizes its significance: “Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defenses encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral.”

In addition to old city within the walls, Carcassonne also includes an area outside the walls, known as the ville basse (literally ‘lower city’), where most travel infrastructure (eg, hotels) is located.

Note that nearly 3 million travelers visit Carcassonne every year, so it can get very busy in this little town. Peak season is from June to August.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
 

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La Maison Des Lices

Located in an old street of Carcassonne, just a 5-minute walk from the medieval city, La Maison Des Lices is a semi-detached holiday home 10 minutes' walk from Carcassonne city centre. Free WiFi is provided. Average score from 59 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$80

 
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Chez Saule

Offering a sun terrace and views of the mountain, Chez Saule is situated in Palaja. Carcassonne is 6 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Some units include a terrace and/or balcony with pool or garden views. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$159

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Penthouse Apartment overlooking Place Carnot

Located 100 metres from Grain d’Aile Media Library, Penthouse Apartment overlooking Place Carnot offers accommodation in Carcassonne. The property features views of the mountain and is 200 metres from Carcassonne Town Hall. Free WiFi is offered . Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$64

 
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L'appartement de Carca

Set in Carcassonne, this apartment features free WiFi. The property features views of the city and is 100 metres from Carcassonne Town Hall. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher and an oven and there is a private bathroom. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$73

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Agréable Duplex

Located in Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, this detached holiday home is 1.2 km from Grain d’Sel Media Library. The property is 1.3 km from Tribunal d'Instance - Magistrates Court and free private parking is offered. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$64

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
L'appartement de Carca

L'appartement de Carca

Set in Carcassonne, this apartment features free WiFi. The property features views of the city and is 100 metres from Carcassonne Town Hall. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher and an oven and there is a private bathroom. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$73

$739.8
Carcassonne Pont Vieux apartments with Terrace

Carcassonne Pont Vieux apartments with Terrace

Located in Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, 200 metres from Grain d’Arts Media Library, Carcassonne Pont Vieux apartments with Terrace boasts a terrace and views of the river. Grain d’Sel Media Library is 200 metres from the property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$75

$759.8
L'orchidée

L'orchidée

L'orchidée offers pet-friendly accommodation in Carcassonne, 900 metres from Grain d’Aile Media Library and 1 km from Carcassonne Town Hall. The apartment is 1.1 km from Grain d’Arts Media Library. Free WiFi is available . Average score from 4 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$76

$769.8
La Maison Des Lices

La Maison Des Lices

Located in an old street of Carcassonne, just a 5-minute walk from the medieval city, La Maison Des Lices is a semi-detached holiday home 10 minutes' walk from Carcassonne city centre. Free WiFi is provided. Average score from 59 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$80

 
$809.7
B&B Dochavert

B&B Dochavert

B&B Dochavert is located in Carcassonne, a short 10-minute walk to the walled, medieval city. It offers a bright double room, a private entrance and a panoramic terrace. Average score from 267 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$85 - $107

 
$859.7
Chez Mina

Chez Mina

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Chez Mina offers accommodation in Ventenac-Cabardès. Free private parking is available on site. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$91

 
$919.7
Le Logis GOUT

Le Logis GOUT

Situated in a large house in Carcassonne, Le Logis GOUT offers a self-catering apartment and guest rooms. The property is south-facing and features a garden and sun terrace. Free WiFi is offered . Average score from 38 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$69

 
$699.5
LE JARDIN DU PALAIS - B&B

LE JARDIN DU PALAIS - B&B

Offering a sun terrace and views of the garden, LE JARDIN DU PALAIS - B&B is located in Carcassonne. It is a 20-minute walk from the Medieval City and a 5-minute walk from the Canal du Midi. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Average score from 45 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$80

 
$809.5
Dame Carcas

Dame Carcas

Offering a sun terrace and views of the garden, Dame Carcas is located in Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, 300 metres from Grain d’Aile Media Library. Carcassonne Cathedral is 300 metres away. Free WiFi is offered . Average score from 17 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$67

 
$679.4
Cité View

Cité View

Cité View is set in Carcassonne, 700 metres from Grain d’Sel Media Library. Carcassonne Town Hall is 800 metres from the property. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. All units have a TV and DVD player. Average score from 33 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$69

 
$699.4
Apartment Antoine Marty

Apartment Antoine Marty

Located in Carcassonne, this apartment has two-bedrooms and two bathrooms. It features a balcony. The unit is just a 20-minute walk from the Medieval City and a 10-minute walk from the Bastide St Louis. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$91

 
$919.4
la petite étude

la petite étude

La petite étude is a holiday home with free WiFi throughout the property, situated in Carcassonne. The unit is 200 metres from Grain d’Aile Media Library. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher, an oven and toaster. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$80

$809.2
Appartement Le Saint Gimer - Les Balcons de la Cité

Appartement Le Saint Gimer - Les Balcons de la Cité

Les Balcons De La Cité - Le Saint Gimer offers modern-style, fully furnished apartment with private terrace that overlooks Carcassonne’s ancient walled city. The property is located in Barbacane's district, and free WiFi is provided. Average score from 53 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$82 - $309

 
$829.2
Appartement Le Saint Michel - Les Balcons De La Cité

Appartement Le Saint Michel - Les Balcons De La Cité

Les Balcons De La Cité - Le Saint Michel is located in Carcassonne and offers a self-catering accommodation with a private balcony that overlooks Carcassonne's Medieval Town. It is just a short walk from the Cathedral. Average score from 58 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$86 - $234

 
$869.2
Le Clos des Troubadours

Le Clos des Troubadours

Located in Pennautier, 6 km from Carcassonne, Le Clos des Troubadours features an outdoor pool and views of the mountain. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$95

 
$959.2
Agréable Duplex

Agréable Duplex

Located in Carcassonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, this detached holiday home is 1.2 km from Grain d’Sel Media Library. The property is 1.3 km from Tribunal d'Instance - Magistrates Court and free private parking is offered. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$64

 
$649.0
Le Logis de la Trivalle

Le Logis de la Trivalle

Located 600 metres from Grain d’Sel Media Library in Carcassonne, this apartment features free WiFi and a patio. The unit is 700 metres from Carcassonne Town Hall. The unit is equipped with a kitchen. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$68

 
$688.9

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Intact Walled City

The earliest known occupation of the site where Carcassonne now stands dates from the 6th century BC, when a protohistoric hill-fort (oppidum) was built on this rocky spur overlooking the valley of the Aude and the ancient routes linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean and the Iberian peninsula with the rest of Europe.

The 12th century count's castle (chateau comtal) was built over the western part of the Roman walls; it was surrounded by a rectangular fortified enclosure in 1226. At the same time the external defensive walls were built, so as to make the town, recently annexed to the Royal domains and made the seat of a senechal, completely impregnable.

Two final construction campaigns took place in the 13th and early 14th centuries, following unsuccessful sieges in 1240 and 1280. By the end of the 13th century the town had assumed its definitive appearance as a medieval fortress.
Historic Landmarks
Part of the joy of Carcasonne is strolling through the medieval village inside the walls, with its tiny and twisted alleys. There are quaint little buildings standing next to impressive buildings,like the Basilique St-Nazaire, providing a hint of how life was hundreds of years ago.

The most important landmark, other than the walls themselves, is the Basilique St-Nazaire. This church is known for its enormous rose windows, as well as the biggest organ of south France. Pope Urban V ordered the construction in 1096.
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