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Hotels in Carcassonne
Transport yourself back to medieval France at Carcassonne. Rich in history with a captivating variety of traditional culture and food, Carcassonne is the perfect destination for a French mini-break.
La Cité de Carcassonne, a walled city on a hill by the Aude River in Languedoc-Roussillon, is reputed to be the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Fans of history need only glance at the impressive city walls from beneath La Cité to imagine it teeming with armed soldiers and bustling townsfolk. The perfect example of a medieval castle, it appears to be taken directly from a fairy tale and is the second most visited French landmark next to the Eiffel Tower.
Now a World Heritage Site, La Cité was founded during the Gallo-Roman period, and is famous for its 3km-long double surrounding walls interspersed by an impressive 52 towers. Carcassonne was originally a Gaulish settlement before being transformed into the fortified town standing today by the Romans in the 3rd century AD. The town was finally annexed to the kingdom of France in 1247.
Travel beyond the gates of La Cité and into the lively French town with quaint cobblestone streets and you'll find plenty of traditional shops and restaurants to explore. Inside visitors can explore the ancient watchtowers and walls or climb Château Comtal, the 12th-century tower which offers tremendous views of the lower city.
The 11th-century Basilica of St Nazaire and St Celse is a Roman-built cathedral, listed as one of France's national monuments. It features beautiful stained glass windows and Gothic transepts and is a testament to the region's classical history.
Below the walled city, the lower city, or Bastide St Louis, has just as fascinating a history as the walled city, and dates back to the Middle Ages. More modern in its amenities than La Cité, it has a fine selection of typically French bars, shops, cafés and restaurants and is a charming and unique place to visit.
Those with kids may like to take a break from exploring the old city and visit the Cité des Oiseaux (City of Birds). Here visitors can meet many species of birds face to face, from majestic birds of prey to funny and friendly parrots. The park also puts on regular shows to showcase the birds' natural talents and is a great way to spend an afternoon.
The French are famous for their love of good food and wine, and there's no shortage of places to dine and drink in Carcassonne. Take a trip to the lower city for an evening meal in one of the many restaurants where local dishes can be found and enjoyed, such as the regional speciality cassoulet.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region is rife with vineyards and the Comptoir des Vins et Terroirs wine bar is well worth a visit. Here visitors can learn about the history of the area while sampling the excellent local wines.
Carcassonne, so rich in history, just cannot be missed – so be sure to reserve your hotel soon!
Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Carcassonne
Which hotels are the most popular ones to stay at in Carcassonne?Hotel des Trois Couronnes, Adonis Carcassonne - Résidence la Barbacane and Hôtel Montmorency are some of the popular hotels in Carcassonne.
What are the best hotels in Carcassonne near the center?The best hotels near the center of Carcassonne are Hotel des Trois Couronnes and Manso.
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