What can you do around Carcassonne?

So, you're wondering what there is to do around Carcassonne? EVERYTHING!

Going beyond the ramparts of cité, take your pick from the numerous activities on offer in Greater Carcassonne… If you appreciate good food, or you're sporty or adventurous... if you like little stories or great big history... if you're on the quest for some grands vin or you want to do some discovering with your family, you can find it all in this 'little France', the landscapes, the regional produce, the heritage and the events which will make your holidays shine!

The medieval cite and the canal du Midi are the stars in your Carcassonne feature film. But it doesn't stop there! Make the most of your holidays and discover all the 'happy endings'!

The TOP 10 visits and activities
  • Heritage & Exceptional sites: the medieval cite, the abbeys, the Cathar Country châteaux, dolmens, museums...
  • The Great Outdoors: marked paths in forests, by lakes, between vines and scrubland, road bike or mountain bike, canoeing, climbing, horse riding, quad biking...
  • Grands Vins in Greater Carcassonne: destination for wine tourism! Our cellars, restaurants, and Winemaker Walks... in Cabardès, Minervois, Malepère & Corbières
  • Here, it's a paradise for the young for happy family holidays: lakes, educational farms, craft workshops, children's shows...
  • The canal du Midi on foot, on a bike, or on a boat for holidays in 'slow mode'
  • Villages to stroll though, such as Caunes-Minervois (28 km from Carcassonne), built around a 13th century Benedictine abbey and famous worldwide for its red marble.
  • Montolieu, the only Book Village in the south of France: the musée des Arts et Métiers du Livre and the Collection of Raw Art at Cérès Franco.
  • Journey to(wards) the centre of the earth: sensations and shivers are the order of the day on a visit to the Grotte de Limousis and the Gouffre géant de Cabrespine and its spectacular glass footbridge.
  • Mediterranean way of life: the region is bathed in art, in all its forms, from galleries to museums, not forgetting the enchanting landscapes, gastronomy and trails.
  • Trails for poetry or sculpture to blend nature, landscapes and art, on an unusual walk.

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