You've often seen it from a distance as you've driven along the motorway, or perhaps a photo... Finally, take the opportunity to visit the Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne and its ramparts!



From the car parks, you can enter the cité free of charge, via the porte de Narbonne and the pont levis
Calmly, at your own rhythm, stroll along the narrow, paved streets in the citadel: shopping, restaurants, museums, it's your choice!
A visit to the cite can take a few hours.

Unmissable: a visit to the Château Comtal which will give you access to two circuits on the ramparts, with panoramic view of the town of Carcassonne, the Pyrenees and the Montagne Noire.

More information about the Cité de Carcassonne

Place Marcou

Head for the canal du Midi

Leave the Cité by the porte d’Aude, which will give you a different view of the cité, then 'walk into town', crossing the pedestrianised Pont Vieux, with its panoramic view of the cité, and your last photo opportunity of the château!

Walk to the Square Gambetta and its floral pathways, opposite the musée des Beaux Arts (free entry)


You are in the Bastide Saint-Louis, the low town of Carcassonne

The Canal du Midi  is just a ten minute walk away..
Walk along rue de Verdun until you reach the central square, place Carnot, with its fountain and cafes, and then continue on the pedestrianised street towards the station.

For more information about the Bastide

Make the most of the tranquillity of the Canal du Midi to enjoy a guided cruise with one of two companies: Le Cocagne or Lou Gabaret, at the Port de Carcassonne.

To discover Carcassonne from a different perspective, you could rent a bike from Evadeo Cycles and follow one of the tourist circuits along the Canal du Midi or to the Lac de la Cavayère.

Back to town!  Before your evening meal, stop off for a themed, fun tasting opportunity at the Comptoir de la cité.

Place Carnot

Le comptoir de la cité

Travel from the bastide to the cite in a LITTLE TRAIN, with commentary, from June to September
Reduced rate tickets available from Tourist Information Offices


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