Things to do in Carcassonne

Visit the panoramic walled city of Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a beautiful town in the Aude department, of southern France. Its famous fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic fortified city of Carcassonne is, with its beautiful castle, like a fairy tale that came to life. The city’s medieval fortress, Cite de Carcassonne, awes and amazes tourists. Inside the famous fortress are prominent landmarks and camping sites where travelers and holiday-goers can stay.


Things to do in Carcassonne


Carcassonne Castle

Inside the imposing walls lies the Carcassonne Castle, an authentic medieval castle that even has a drawbridge and a moat (now sans water).


Carcassonne Cathedral

The Carcassonne Cathedral, a national monument, holds many historical french artifacts and memorabilia. The cathedral is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Carcassonne.



There’s also a scenic camping ground by the Aude river called Camping de la Cité. In this camping site, you can have a picturesque view of the fortress and castle, plus enjoy tennis and swimming as well.


Carcassonne Rugby - Carcassonnaise

If you’re a sports fan, you may be interested in knowing more about the city’s rugby union club named Union Sportive Carcassonnaise, and its rugby league club called AS Carcassonne.


When to go to Carcassonne

Carcassonne has a pleasant mediterranean climate which is characterized by mild winters and very warm summers. There is typically very little difference between summer and winter temperatures in Carcassonne. Winters rarely fall below freezing and summers are made more bearable because of the city’s closeness to the sea, so no matter when you come, you can always enjoy nice weather when exploring all the interesting things to do in Carcassonne.

Summer is the city’s high tourist season because many events happen during this summer. Carcassonne is fairly quiet in winter. Weather-wise, spring and fall are wonderful times to visit but you may miss out on some of the events that take place in other seasons.


Festival de Carcassonne

The yearly Festival de Carcassonne takes place in July and August and features fireworks displays, concerts, and other cultural attractions.


How to get to Carcassonne

The Carcassonne Airport (CCF), aslo known as Salvaza Airport is an airport located only 3 km from the city center.





Things to do in Carcassonne

Carcassonne Facts

Population47 634
AirportSalvaza, France (CCF)

Carcassonne average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Carcassonne - Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

The hill where Carcassonne stands today was seen as a great spot since the pre-Roman period, when a fortified settlement was first built there. The city’s massive defences, the castle, the gothic cathedral and the typical narrow streets make Carcassonne a good example of a fortified town from the medieval times, which is why it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Carcassonne Marathon

The Carcassonne Marathon is an annual marathon held in May in the historic fortified French town of Carcassonne. The race starts in La Cité Médiévale and will take you through the picturesque city. After seeing most of Carcassonne, the marathon will take you through the surrounding farmlands and into the small villages of Villemoustaussou, Conques-sur-Orbiel, Villalier, Malves-en-Minervois and Villedubert before heading back to Carcassonne again. It is truly a great way of getting to know the countryside of southern France and hopefully it will inspire you to further explore the small towns nearby.

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Golf in Carcassonne

In the historic city of Carcassonne you will find Golf de Carcassonne a few kilometers south of the city. It is a great 18 hole course with rather high difficulty as the many water hazards, including a river going past several holes, and bunkers pose a great challenge. If the technique required gets a little bit too intense, there is another 18 hole course about 30 kilometers to the north in Golf de Mazamet-la-Barouge which is suitable no matter your skill level.

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