About the City of Carcassone
Located in the Languedoc area of Southern France, the city of Carcassonne is far more than just the board game I know and love. The city is famous for the medieval citadel “La Cite” – a UNESCO world heritage site. This citadel (aka giant ass castle/fortified city) is France’s second most visited tourist location, after the Eiffel Tower.
The citadel is fantastic. A small city in itself, there are restaurants, shops, and accommodation. You can walk around like you’ve stepped back in time. The ‘city’ has 2 outer walls and 53(!) towers. It is free to enter and meander about, but if you want to enter the upper wall, you’re supposed to pay 9 euro (or do what many other people were doing and enter through the exit).
The city of Carcassonne itself pales in comparison to the citadel within it. It comes off as more of a town than a city and doesn’t have much to offer. A couple of cinemas, a little bit of shopping, a museum, and what looks like a lot of restaurants. Only one problem with that last one. In the off-season, hardly anything is open. Even when it is open, it’s not. Let me explain. We went into 3 restaurants. 3 open restaurants – doors open, people sitting in them, people working there, everything. ALL 3 restaurants (not cafes) weren’t serving food. At 2 pm. On a Tuesday! We eventually found a kebab shop to get sustenance!
Overall, Carcassonne is worth the visit – even if just to see the Citadel. I could’ve spent my whole long weekend there!
Getting to Carcassonne
Arrive by train or via Toulouse or you fly directly into the airport.
You can walk to the citadel within 20 minutes of the train station. Look for the giant castle. Trust me, you can’t miss it.
Some of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was shot in Carcassonne.
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