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Welcome to Carcassonne

Carcassonne’s restored medieval battlements overlooking the new town make for a picture postcard setting for visitors to this famous city in southwestern France.

Flights to Carcassonne from Cork Airport

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Things to do here

Carcassonne in the Languedoc region of southern France is best known for its medieval citadel which sits on a hill above the River Aude and overlooks the new town known as La ville basse. La Cité is impressive and its little wonder that it’s one of the most visited sites in France. The town itself has a relaxed nature with the best shops and restaurants to be found in the new town. Carcassonne is also the perfect base to explore the greater Languedoc region, especially the area's rich wine heritage. The vineyards of the Minervois and the Corbieres are only a short distance away while the region also boasts plentiful numbers of medieval castles, churches and monasteries. 

To Eat

  1. The award winning Le Parc Franck Putelat is regarded as the best restaurant in Carcassonne.
  2. Located near the citadel, Restaurant La Marquiere specialises in traditional French cuisine.

To Stay

  1. The luxurious Hotel Donjon is located inside the citadel in the old town.
  2. The modern Hotel Des Trois Couronnes has excellent views of La Cite and boasts an indoor swimming pool.

La Cité Tour

The dramatic La Cité is heavily fortified with two sets of battlements divided by Les Lices. Guided tours are available.

St Nazaire Basilica Architecture

The basilica has beautiful medieval stained glass windows and a tower with spectacular views of La Cité.

Canal du Midi Outdoor Fun

Exploring the canals is a great way to spend a day in Carcassonne. Take a boat tour and have a picnic on the picturesque canal banks.

Escape to the country Tour

As well as visits to some of the region's vineyards, a day trip allows you see the historic Cathar castles close-up.