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.
Inside the imposing walls lies the Carcassonne Castle, an authentic medieval castle that even has a drawbridge and a moat (now sans water).
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.
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.
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.
The yearly Festival de Carcassonne takes place in July and August and features fireworks displays, concerts, and other cultural attractions.
The Carcassonne Airport (CCF), aslo known as Salvaza Airport is an airport located only 3 km from the city center.
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