The imposing fortifications of the city of Carcassonne occupy a rocky spur overlooking the course of the Aude. Occupied from the sixth century BC, Carcassonne was a Roman town before being a medieval city. It reflects 1000 years of military architecture and 2600 years of history. Ultimate defense, the Comtal castle was built in the twelfth century by the Trencavels, Viscounts of Carcassonne and was continually modified over the following centuries. A rich and varied tour is offered including many exclusive areas: walls, hoardings, projection room, lapidary museum. Guided tours by reservation, conferences, audio guides available. Free admission the first Sunday of each month.
Here are 5 best spots that you must visit:
TIME TO SCHOOL – MUSEUM SCHOOL
In the heart of the medieval city of Carcassonne, the School of the Museum allows children, parents and teachers to discover the atmosphere of communal under the Third and Fourth Republics through a fun and original exhibition. This rich period of primary education is made within five rooms of the museum through the educational materials used in schools from 1880 to 1960. Difficult not to be charmed by the old projectors and the delicious possibility of write to the Gallic pen or Sergeant Major. A real return to childhood that perfectly befits a living in this hotbed of history.
ON THE BANKS OF THE AUDE – WALK
Following the markup marked with a red arrow, you get into an enchanting stroll along the Aude.Taking as its starting point the Old Bridge under which we pass to win the Pont Neuf and the Pont de l’Avenir. After having passed, turn left and then left again towards the banks of the Aude, then right along the trail. Continuing along a straight line, we quietly along the river to the Pont Neuf. It then passes under the bridge through a small tunnel and you must turn right, then left to reach the Old Bridge before moving to the Hotel of the Three Crowns and reach the banks. It is good to follow them to the famous Païcherou and continue straight along the little path meandering near the Garigliano River to the bridge. Before the bridge, turn right, cross the bridge then turn right towards the Mayrevieille plain. It is possible to continue or to agree a gourmet break after this trip full of freshness.
VESTIGE CATHAR – CASTLE QUERIBUS
Wonder of the Cathar history, the castle of Quéribus is a real eagle’s nest with its strategic location which allows it to monitor the entire Roussillon plain and admire the distance the Corbières. Placed on a rocky peak foggy, this vestige of the beautiful but short Cathar saga built in the eleventh century stands out as a great getaway for a day outside of Carcassonne. It enjoys a breathtaking tour where the atmosphere seems everywhere recall the mysterious story that surrounds the scene. Descending into the valley, a small village Cucugnan is needed while nearby stands another treasure of the Cathars constructions, the castle of Peyrepertuse.
OFFSET SHOPPING – SPIRIT OF SALT
Jumble: beautiful furniture, chic clothing, cosmetics dedicated to well-being … You can find everything at Esprit de Sel, a reference address in Carcassonne. The shop is large and runs at its own pace, according to the inspiration of the day. One thing is certain: one always leaves with a find, whether it is an original object, a sublime shoe or a wacky pendulum. Is that we need to know to look to find yourself in this modern Aladdin’s cave with an uncluttered and relaxing decor. The big names in design alongside more creative confidential under the watchful eye of Jocelyn, always good advice for an unexpected madness or a souvenir of good taste. To explore imperative!
TASTING UNUSUAL- TRUFFLE WORKSHOP
Madly in love with truffles, Philippe Barrier has dedicated a monument or at least a space entirely dedicated to his glory in the heart of Carcassonne. Here it is in all its forms comes the black diamond: truffled foie gras, mashed potatoes with truffle, panna cotta with truffle, egg casserole, and other delicious sandwiches. The friendly atmosphere provided by the master of the house said the simplicity with which he imagined together in this bar-shop the best of regional production. We sat near the impressive zinc – the sculptor-blacksmith Marc Carollo – to taste black, white truffles, winter or summer, accompanied by wines from the Cabardès, Minervois or Malepère. And we leave with a cookbook under the arm to reproduce these wonderful culinary assortments home!