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In Southwest France, Carcassonne is right on the main high-speed train line, and is one of the Languedoc region's most fascinating cities. Divided into separate "towns" during the wars against the Cathars, when the original ruling family was forced to establish their territory on the low ground by the River Aude. A spectacular medieval festival animates Carcassonne during the first two weeks of August, while July is one long arts celebration for the Festival de la Cité, highlighted by Bastille Day fireworks.
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  • Carcassonne
    Anya Brathwaite
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    4 Mar 30, 2014

    A charming town located in the South of France, Carcassonne is great for long weekends with the family. Rent a home further out or even stay in the old town, but down miss one of the many markets full of charm and colour and the rolling hills are great for morning jogs.

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    Matthias Hagemann
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    3 Sep 02, 2013

    la cite well preservet medeval fortress, in main seasson lot of tourists, close to some albigense castles

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    Heather Fisher
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    4 May 17, 2013

    This is a beautiful fortified petite ville, not too far from the southern coast. Above the town is a huge castle dating back to 1800's. There are some great charming hotels and bed and breakfasts to stay in and the Castle is incredibly fun and interesting to explore. It is developed inside, there are unique shops, retaurants and activities. You can see the Mediterranean Sea from the castle walls and its only about a 30 minute drive. Its a great place to stay for 2 days, to explore the castle, take awesome pictures. Don't miss the garden type bar setting in the back of the castle called Chateau Jouclary, beautiful place to sit and enjoy everything around you.

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    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    5 Nov 13, 2012

    Charming medieval town in southern France near the border with Spain. Check out the awesome and mostly intact castle that once guarded the borders, as well as explore the winding streets. For those who fantasized about knights, chivalry, and stories about quests will absolutely fall in love with this town

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    Dawn Bees
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    a full day is required to enjoy a well preserved building and the dining experience views are outstanding well worth a stop over

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  • Carcassonne
    Shelley Dickerson
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    this is a must see -All the shops 1 Take a trip to the Printers shop and have a look at the prints for an ancient Tarot Deck-Truly amazing! And allow the history to seep through your shoes as you walk through this historical land- The " Inquisition " brought down entire villages of the Cathars - for their beliefs- and the land here will share this sad part of it's story.None-the- less ,It is incredible - watch for the Oaks that line the way to the walled city sporting huge clusters of Mistletoe in their tops- and the ancient cemetary sits across from the entrance gates. I should love to return here someday !- Also -Lacauxe Caves are on the way here

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    Jojie Reyes
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Visiting the medieval fortified town of Carcassonne - the Cite - is like stepping back in time. The renowned French hilltop town with the longest city walls in Europe is located in the Languedoc region of France and overlooking vast green plains that stretch all the way to the Pyrénées. The medieval walled city, standing on its hill and capped by pointed towers, is a wonder to behold. Once you have come to terms with the spectacle of its full size and have passed through the huge gates into the city itself, there is much to see. Through its maze of narrow cobbled streets lie an abundance of small shops selling a variety of goods and artwork. One can pass pleasant hours wandering the streets of the town exploring the exciting series of towers, turrets and ramparts, with fantastic views and countless photo-opportunities.

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    Mark Waldron
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Makes a great stop-over between Aix-en-Provence and Bordeaux. Stay at the Best Western inside the city walls; nice hotel for a reasonable price.

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    Nadine Seymour
    2 May 21, 2013

    Very touristy & not much else but cute

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    Kersti Ahlgren
    5 Oct 14, 2012

    Impressive!

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