The historical roots of the city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site, date back to the 6th century BC. Since then, many people have walked these narrow medieval city streets - making it a unique window into the history of France - resplendent in the midday sun that bounces off the white stone ramparts.
Whether you enter through the Porte Narbonnaise or the Porte d’Aude, the spectacle of this city and its centuries-old architecture, rising up from the foothills of the Pyrenees, won't fail to enrapture you. But the spectacle doesn't stop there, because the historic heritage of this city is as abundant as it is prestigious, shown off by the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, famous for having the most beautiful stained-glass windows in the south of France. And if this 11th century cathedral is not enough to win you over, the enthusiasts dressed as knights gathered in front of the building won't fail to. Other magnificent monuments await you, of course, even though Carcassonne is one of those French towns that's just made for losing yourself in, whether on foot or aboard one of the carriages that criss-cross the city.
A city, like many French cities, that you discover by tasting local specialties. It's certainly true to say that Carcassonne's culinary heritage is alive and kicking. From its crispy fougasse aux fritons, to the famous cassoulet and apple pie, the region of Carcassonne wins every time with the flavor of its cuisine. And for total immersion in the city's most gourmet treats, how about meeting some local producers. Head to the La Bastide Saint-Louis, and stroll through the market hall where you'll discover a Mediterranean atmosphere full of color and sing-song voices!
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Carcassonne • France
Hotel de la Cité Carcassonne - MGallery Collection
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