Carcassonne is another one of those destinations that seems to have been on our bucket list forever! So we were both excited to be visiting.
We arrived at the Aire which is in a great location for an easy walk in along the river. The Aire is 15 euros per night with no electricity but the pitches are a great size and they have dog pitches with lots of shade, so perfect for us.
Carcassonne is a fortified City and the Cite is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Roman period which was restored in 1853. It gained UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1997.
The fortified city consists of a concentric design of two outer walls and 53 towers.
It really is an amazing place and we wandered around the narrow streets and enjoyed some window shopping.
The Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus is located within the citadel and is a national monument. We loved the Gothic-Romanesque architecture and it certainly didn’t disappoint internally either.
You can pay 9 euros each and walk around the ramparts which takes about 2 hours. Unfortunately it was late in the day and they were just closing the gate so we had to give this a miss.
Yes, it is very touristy in the Cite but it really is somewhere that should not be missed. The bars and restaurants are quite expensive and we paid over the odds for two small glasses of wine. Which were the cheapest drinks on the menu (cheaper than soft drinks!) but we still loved Carcassonne and so glad we have finally been.