On arrival, we provide you with a Guest Pack detailing the many wonderful places to visit and activities both in and around Carcassonne as well as further afield and we do recommend that you hire a car for at least some of the time you stay here. This is the beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon region of the South of France, there is so much to offer your group, whether you have in mind a family celebration or occasion, family or class reunions, a week of pampering, a HQ for walking, touring, cooking or painting holidays or, just a relaxing ‘get away from it all’ holiday with your friends and family and pets.
The village provides great local produce and amenities including butcher, baker, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, wine shop and supermarket which means that you don’t have to get in your car each day to enjoy lovely freshly baked baguettes or croissants.
The village provides easy access to the some of the most amazing historical sites in France, such as Le Château de Montségur, a former fortress near Montségur, a commune in the Ariège region – its ruins are the site of last stronghold of the Cathars. Then there are the grand Black Mountains (Montagne Noir) to the North, the regal Pyrenees to the South, 40 minutes to the beautiful south coast, as well as gorgeous swimming lakes nearby. Two weeks will not be enough to take it all in!
Carcassonne is situated in the Aude region of France, steeped in history it has one of the largest fortified castles in Europe. Carcassonne Cité, from afar looks like a fairy-tale castle, gleaming in the sunlight in the day time and beautifully illuminated at night – it could well have been the inspiration for many a Disney film. It was originally built by the Gauls, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Franks, later used as one of the major strongholds for the Cathars.
But in 1659, when Roussillon was annexed to France, Carcassonne Cité started to fall into disrepair and sadly, by the 18th Century, La Cité was little more than a slum. However in 1850, Violet-le-Duc, who fell in love with the Cité at first sight, managed to persuade the Commission of Historical Monuments to undertake the huge task of the restoration of the castle. The restoration work took many years and was finally completed by 1910.
La Cité comes alive in summer, with open air concerts throughout the whole of July and August. On the 14th of July it is Bastille Day, when the French celebrate the start of the French revolution. People travel across the whole of Europe to witness the amazing display of fireworks hosted each year at the castle. If you would like to visit any of the Carcassonne events during the summer then click on the link, or keep up to date with our FB Page.
There are so many other interesting towns and cities within reasonable distance, such as Narbonne which is just over 30 miles away or half an hour by train. Narbonne, with its Cathedral and Abbey, is a town on the south coast and is close to the beach (Narbonne-Plage or even Gruissan) should you fancy a change of scenery. Other lovely beaches which are also easily accessible for a day trip are Montpellier’s Point Zero Plage (in the centre of La Grande Motte), Leucate, Port-la-Nouvelle and Peyriac.
There are vineyards, historic castles, churches and art galleries to visit. There are beautiful local walks, opportunities for horse-riding or cycling – if you have a wish that isn’t covered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be delighted to help you create the personal touch for your holiday or event.