Situated in the south of France, close to the country’s Spanish border, compare holidays to Carcassonne and look forward to visiting a destination that lies less than 50 miles west of the Mediterranean coast - you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more wonderfully set place than this town in the Languedoc region.
Majestically perched on a storied hilltop, this fortified medieval town appears to be something out of a fairytale from years gone by. The walled citadel is nothing if not an impressive sight, and can be explored through our selection of holidays to Carcassonne from Stansted.
The strategic importance of the settlement dates back as far as the 6th century BC, while the Romans fortified the hilltop around 100 BC. Carcassonne’s location meant it was a significant trading post, and the town’s heritage and aesthetic beauty translate into a superb destination for visitors.
There is approximately 2 miles of walls that surround the Cité de Carcassonne, punctuated by over 50 towers and barbicans designed to protect the settlement from attack. Parts of the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves were shot at the citadel as well as at spots in the town’s pretty surrounding area. The Basilique des Saints Nazaire et Celse lies within the old walls, which was Carcassonne’s cathedral until the beginning of the 19th century.
That mantle was taken over by the Cathédrale Saint-Michel de Carcassonne, which is found in the Ville Basse - lower city - part of town. This area is where you'll find most of the accommodation in town, along with a great selection of restaurants - make sure you try cassoulet while you’re in town, a local speciality composed of beans, sausage and duck.
Whether you prefer to stick to town and enjoy a medieval jousting display or venture to the Torture Museum, or head out to the countryside and visit quaint little villages such as nearby Minerve or enjoy a barge trip down the Canal du Midi, there’s much to discover with holidays to Carcassonne.