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Best things to do in Carcassonne

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“World famous UNESCO heritage citadel. Featured in many films and with fully working town within the walls. Many good restaurants and cafes. Live music in summer”
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Castle
“The astounding walls of Carcassonne’s citadel are an architectural wonder and draw visitors to the city from far and wide. After discovering every niche, passageway and parapet you can navigate the streets of the hilltop settlement or venture into the less touristy Lower City for lunch or a shopping trip. The ideal time to come is early, before the tourist hordes and lunch time.”
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Lake
“Walk all around the lake and through the forest on the designated trail or join in the various water sports and boating/canoeing available there. There are various places for refreshments around the lake.”
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Route
“Cafes, wine bars, and a relaxed vibe, plus a thrice-weekly market on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.”
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Butcher
“This medieval citadel is a reminder of bygone days ... full of shops with memorabilia and food items”
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Point of Interest
“CANAL DU MIDI BOAT TRIP, CARCASSONNE: This isn't the only boat trip on the Canal du Midi but if you intend on visiting Carcassonne, then you have a choice of two or three trips (with corresponding lengths of trips to suit everyone). You'll be taken along part of the Canal du Midi and told the amazing history of its creation. You'll go through one or two of the automatic locks which are pretty impressive pieces of engineering. And - depending on the trip's length, you may get a chance to get off the boat, stretch your legs or have a quick drink at a Canal-side cafe while watching the world go by.”
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Establishment
“Carcassonne one of the most famous restored chateau. Worth a visit despite the tourists. Try and go early morning to avoid the crowd especially in summer. ”
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Art Museum
“Entrée square Gambetta. Musée gratuit, dans un beau bâtiment. Une exposition permanente, aux nombreuses toiles du XVI° au XIX°, dans lesquelles on peut s'amuser à croiser nombre de personnages célèbres de la ville, qui ont donné leurs noms aux rues. Et des expositions temporaires variées, toujours intéressantes.”
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Bar
“This wonderful two-Michelin-starred Restaurant du Parc is located at the foot of the famous Carcassonne citadel and is only a 15 min drive away.”
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Zoo
“A Carcassonne à 3 min de la Cité, un parc animalier et de loisirs sur le thème de l'AUSTRALIE ! In Carcassonne, 3 min from the medieval city, a wildlife park and recreation on the AUSTRALIA theme !”
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French Restaurant
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“3 minutes away by foot - well worth a visit - for apero, coffee and dining.”
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French Restaurant
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“Entre le chateau comtal et la place du grand puits. Restaurant à tapas (mais bien plus chers qu'en Espagne !). Vraiment très bons, de la vraie cuisine !”
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Hotel
“Vins du pays, tapas, cadre exceptionnel, jardin ombragé sous les marronniers, nombreuses animations tous les weekends. Wines, tapas, shady garden under the chestnut trees, many events every weekend.”
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Restaurant
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“très bon restaurant (résa.obligatoire) menu, soir uniquement. Voiture pour y aller. Our kind of favourite..(need a car to get there) Evening only”
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Restaurant
“Restauarnt style tapas et bar, trsè sympa et animé le soir, aux pieds de la Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne. ”
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Restaurant
“This is in the heart of the city with a broad menu and an outside terrace. As it is tucked away it is one of the more tranquil restaurants.”
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