Carcassonne – A Small Town with A Lot of Happening

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Carcassonne accommodationDo you want to spend this holiday in a serene town, resembling more like a village, reflecting an old-worldly charm and extreme peace? If yes, Carcassonne in France is the place to go. The town is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region in its Aude department, and is mainly famous for its medieval fortress – Cite de Carcassonne. However there is much more to do and during a comfortable stay in some beautiful guesthouse in Carcassonne, you can enjoy this fairytale-like town.

Places to Visit

Carcassonne is full of monuments, huge fortifications, landscapes and water bodies, which can please your aesthetic senses. Some of them are Bastide St Louis, Trivalle, Canal du Midi, Lac de la Cavayere, and of course, Cite de Carcassonne.

Taking a stroll around the old town of Bastide St Louis, looking at the old apartments is sheer pleasure.

bastide st. louis

Trivalle is an extremely picturesque district directly under the Cite, but on the other side of the Pont Vieux.

trivalle

Canal du Midi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous among tourists and locals for its barge trips.

canal_du_midi

Lac de la Cavayere is a beautiful lake within about two hours walking distance (or an hour by bike) from the apartments. It has a lovely island in its center and superb ecological features surrounding it.

Lac de la Cavayere

Cite de Carcassonne is a must-visit place. You have to access this UNESCO World Heritage Site on foot across the ancient Pont Vieux, and is surrounded by a dual set of walls studded with towers – a breathtaking sight!

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cite de carcassonne across ponte vieux

Activities

If you love to raise your adrenaline wherever you go, Carcassonne won’t disappoint you.

Hire a bike and ride along the towpath. This is especially popular during off seasons, when boat trips on the canal are closed.

bike ride canal

You can attend a show at the Salle du Dome, if you are there between October and May. The variety of performances will definitely amaze you, which include operetta, opera, musical comedy, dance, singing, jazz, humor, theater, and much more!

Taking a stroll or a bike ride along River Aude is another pleasure, which also gives you breathtaking views of the Cite, along with lovely landscapes. You will get the Paicherou Leisure Centre and fitness trail here.

horse riding carcassonne

Enjoy some horse riding (or you can go on foot too) to St. Hilaire, around 24 km away. The trip starts from Place St Gimer in the Cite, and then you pass through Cazilhac, Cavanac, Leuc, Verzeille, Lauquet valley and finally reach St. Hilaire, a stupendous village on the hilltop having a superb fortified 8th century Benedictine abbey.

st-hilaire-abbey

If you are fond of swimming, you can enjoy it in the Paicherou swimming pool (open only in summer), Grazailles pool (rue du Moulin de la Seigne) and Viguier pool (rue Jules Verne).

And if you are sports fan, you have plenty to do – tennis, golf, bowling, skate-boarding, cycling, go-karting and much more.

Thus you can make the most of your visit to Carcassonne because the seemingly little town has a lot of happening!

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