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Carcassonne Office de tourisme
15 bd Camille Pelletan11890

Tel:+33 (0)4 68 10 24 30
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From the motorway Carcassonne looks like a surreal fairy-tale town of turrets, magic and wonder and to be honest this thought stays with you once inside La Cite or medieval fortified town.  Its strategic position between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean often led to power struggles & conflict and  in 1209 Carcassonne was one of the last Cathar strongholds. 

Although most people head to La Cite with its romantic spires, fortification, restaurants and chic boutiques, La Basse Ville is also worth exploring and where you'll find the French playing out their daily lives.  The market square of Place Carnot with its eighteenth century fountain is a particularly enjoyable place to sit back and muse on passers-by.

What to See - Carcassonne Attractions

Château de Queribus
Château de Queribus, Cucugnant 11350
spectacularly perched château that was the target of the last Cathar crusade. Views from here of Canigou and the Pyrenees more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)4 68 45 03 69

Château de Peyrepertuse
Duilhac sous Peyrepertuse, Peyrepertuse 11350
one of the most awesome Cathar castles on the top of a mountain ridge more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)6 71 58 63 36

Abbaye de Fontfroide
13km SW of Narbonne, 11100
a fantastic Cistercian abbey with elegant cloister
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sept

L'Embrasement de la Cité
La Cite, Carcassonne 11000
one of the most romantic places to celebrate Bastille Day on 14th July when the city holds its firework display
| Admission charge

Reserve Africaine de Sigean
15km S of Narbonne off N9, 11100
see lions & tigers stroll around this great safari park
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May-Oct:daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 68 48 20 20

Barge trip on Canal du Midi
Lou Gabaret, from bridge S of train station, Carcassonne 11000
take in the superb Canal du Midi and the surrounding countryside
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call for info | Tel: +33 (0)4 68 71 61 26

Les Aigles de la Cite
800m S of city walls, Carcassonne 11000
a 45 minute demonstration of Carcassonne's birds of prey
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Demos from Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)4 68 47 88 89

Basilique St-Nazaire
inside La Cite, Carcassonne 11000
fantastic Romanesque & Gothic basilica with its Siege Stone which depicts the siege of Carcassonne by the crusaders
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon-Sat

Château Comtal
inside La Cite, Carcassonne 11000
guided tour of the castle and its ramparts with great views of surrounding area
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Nov

rue St-Jean, Carcassonne 11000
a highly entertaining multimedia exhibition on the Cathars
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Easter-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)4 68 47 78 78