The medieval walled town lies on the right bank of the river Aude. It has 52 towers connected by two rings of battlements that stretch for 3km. It has been used for many film settings including Robin Hood (Kevin Costner).
The fairytale cite is truly breathtaking and attracts millions of visitors form all over the world, it is the largest fortress remaining in Europe.
Built over the ruins of a former Roman fortress, ‘La Cite’ of Carcassonne was occupied by both the Visigoths and the Saracens, before becoming the theatre of Pope Innocent III’s crusades against the ‘Cathar’ heretics in the 13th century. It was saved from destruction in the 19th century & is now a UNESCO World heritage site. Within the narrow streets are a variety of museums, restaurants, shops, cafes & other activities. Also not to miss is the Basilica church of Sainte Nazaire, and the Chateau Contal built in the twelfth century on Roman Remains.