A short walk will bring you to the historical medieval Cité, Carcassonne’s ancient walled city is a fairytale collection of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets.
Close by is Place Carnot where you will find a number of restaurants, cafes and bars. Saturday morning is a ‘big’ market day in Carcassonne and the Place hosts a busy colourful Flower, Fruit and Vegetable market. The covered market located on the corner of Rue du Dr Albert Tomey and Rue Aime Ramond sells a selection of mouth-watering fresh regional produce; butchers, charcuterie, fish-mongers, fowl and smoked meats, while the Flea and Clothing market can be found along the Boulevard Barbès. Smaller markets occur during the week.
Early December starts a month of Christmas festivities. Carcassonne switches on its lights from the Bastide Saint Louis to the Medieval Cite offering the very best of Christmas entertainment including concerts, live shows, ice rink, a giant revolving eye, toboggans and a pretty Christmas market.
During the Summer months there are a number of music and cultural festivals with outdoor concerts and a fantastic fireworks display over the castle to celebrate Bastille day on the 14th of July each year.
Within a short drive is Carcassonne beach where there are water sports for all ages, from leisurely paddle boats to a water activity and adventure centre for the kids.
There are numerous wineries in the area. Carcassonne is surrounded by the Terroir Corbières, Minervois and Limoux regions offering ample opportunities for visiting local wineries and sampling their produce.
Christmas In Carcassonne
Bastille Day July 14th in Carcassonne
The Tourist Office website
You can find out more about Carcassonne and the area at the Tourist Office Website