One day in the Castle of Carcassonne

La cité de Carcassonne is one of the most visited sights of France, so, if you happen to be a fan of everything medieval, Carcassonne is something you should see at least once in your life (better more than one). Why? Because it’s the biggest medieval town of Europe. Actually, it’s massive!

Originally built by  romans, the fortress continued being expanded then destroyed, then rebuilt by various conquerors. Each of them added a touch of their architectural style, which made Carcassonne look a bit like a patchwork blanket. However, only historians can really notice it. :)

La cité de Carcassonne

A curious fact – Carcassonne was reconstructed in the XIX century (though not frankly following its original plan) by certain Viollet-le-Duc, who actually started the whole movement of historical buildings preservation. So we should be grateful that this tremendous fortress wasn’t dismantled for free bricks (like Coliseum partially was).

La cité de Carcassonne

La cité de Carcassonne

Take a long day to explore the old town of Carcassonne, if there is an occasion – check the dates of medieval festivals and you’ll be able to assist to real knight jousting!

La cité de Carcassonne

La cité de Carcassonne

La cité de Carcassonne

La cité de Carcassonne

But the best day to visit Carcassonne is still the 14th of July, due to the fantastic fireworks for the Bastille Day. It’s still on our “to-do list”. (Thanks, Marc, for the picture)

La cité de Carcassonne

Where to eat?

It is France, so the dinner here is never second best. :) Among other incredibly delicious meals, you should definitely try Cassoulet. Attention, as it’s quite delicate to cook, there is a high risk to bump into a restaurant which uses ready to eat canned industrial Cassoulet from the supermarkets. We recommend the restaurant La Table d’Anaïs – delicious meals for adequate prices.

Cassoulet

Thanks to Isabelle for this picture of Cassoulet.

Carcassonne restaurant

By the way, don’t ignore the “modern” town of Carcassonne – it’s a lovely place to walk in by a sunny day, just like any other French town.

town Carcassonne

P.S. If you wonder from which point it’s better to take a photo of the castle, then try the Pont Vieux. However, the most famous view is taken, well… from the fields between the fortress and the motorway A61. Good luck!

La cité de Carcassonne

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One day in Carcassonne

2017-05-13T13:14:04+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|

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