Carcassonne Castle France – La Cité de Carcassonne

In southern France’s Languedoc region, you will find La Cité de Carcassonne – The City of Carcassonne. A magnificent medieval walled city and one of France’s most famous monuments.

Admittedly, when the double-walled impenetrable fortress with its 52 watchtowers suddenly appears, it is impressive, in a Disney fairytale castle kind of way.

The History of Carcassonne

The city survived countless battles, abandonment of fortifications after the treaty of the Pyrenees and even an order of demolition by Napolean.

Inside the Fortified City of Carcassonne

Once you come to terms with the fact this is not really a Disney castle or medieval film set and you wander into the narrow city streets, it really is very impressive.

Hustle through the throngs of tourists and school groups and you will stumble out of the medieval maze onto gorgeous city squares.

Things to do in Carcassonne

There is also a certain style of establishment and business which appears to be aimed at the more astute, longer-term visitor. Day-trippers or locals with a long and relaxed lunch in mind.

Staying in Carcassonne

So what would be the merit in staying within the walls at one of the quaint guesthouses or quite exclusive hotels such as Hôtel de la Cité in Carcassonne?

Perhaps to have the meandering lanes to yourself for an evening, or to enjoy the silhouettes of the watchtowers against the night sky.

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