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Hotels in Carcassonne

Step through the arched entrance to the medieval walled city of Carcassonne and you’re instantly thrust into your own fairytale, where you can spend days exploring the labyrinth of streets and old-fashioned attractions within a turreted time warp. The historic attraction, which watches over the town itself is spectacular, but there's much more to Carcassonne than just that. The main city is actually a surprisingly modern destination, where - this being France - the wine is of an unwaveringly high standard. Just don't be surprised if you share the bus around town with gangs of medieval knights and fair maidens - it's that kind of place.

Things to see

The walled historic city sits on a hill to the south of Carcassonne, and you’ll have to cross the cobbles of a 700-year-old, bridge over the L’Aude River to reach it. Once inside, soak up the atmosphere by chewing on crumbly rousquille biscuits, and eating in restaurants where traditional peasant dishes like cassoulet simmer slowly - extracting maximum flavor from the mutton, sausage, and white beans within. The highly fortified Chateau Comtal is an authentic castle within the walls of the old city, and a regular Hollywood star - most notably used as a filming location in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The low rumble of organ music, meanwhile, will lead you towards the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse’s, where regular concerts are illuminated by multicolored sunlight spraying through the building’s speckled stain glass windows. Elsewhere in the walled city, kids will love the rainbow lollipops as big as their heads lined up at the traditional sweet shops, as well as the stalls where they can watch craftsman delicately carving wooden figurines, or learn the art of sword fighting. .

Hotels in Carcassonne

While the city may specialize in time travel, you’ll be relieved to know that hotels in Carcassonne are modern, stylish, and fully equipped for 21st century life. Carcassonne offers some of France’s finest 5 star accommodation, with no corners cut. Eat garlic-bathed snails, and breathe in the aromas of fruity red wines, before sinking into a soft bed sprinkled with rose petals. Luxury hotels offer free WiFi, cinema-sized TVs, and spacious bathrooms to lounge in. Well-equipped midrange options are also in good supply, and you can choose from quaint, quirky rooms - with antique wooden furniture - or play it safe and book a functional chain hotel.

Where to stay

The city center comes alive during the festive season, when a large Christmas market springs up, and a ginormous ice skating rink dominates the city center. Stay downtown, and you’ll have easy access to the Medieval City – as well as the new town’s trendy shops and chic restaurants. If you’d rather stay just outside the city, you can surround yourself with sprawling vineyards – this region produces a third of France’s plump grapes - by staying in the picturesque town of Palaja. You’ll find plenty of excuses to sample the local produce, and enjoy some luxurious accommodation options.

How to get to Carcassonne

Carcassonne has its own relatively large airport, which handles flights from all major destinations within France, and many other European destinations. Car rental is available at the airport, and you can be in the center of the city just 10 minutes after leaving the airport. Carcassonne is also well connected by rail, making day trips to nearby destinations like Perpignan, and even Barcelona, simple. A trip from Paris takes just 5 hours by rail, if you catch France’s lightening quick TGV service.