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Carcassonne

Carcassonne is located on either side of the river Aude ', between the Pyrenees and the Montagne Noire.
The most famous landmark is the fully restored old town, called La Cité de Carcassonne. This "Ville fortifiée historique de Carcassonne" is since 1997 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the finest example of a medieval town in Europe, which is almost completely preserved, and the largest preserved fortress from the Middle Ages.

The Cité attracted 2.1 million tourists in 2012, making it the largest tourist attraction in France after Paris and Mont-Saint-Michel.

The actual town center, where you find the town hall, is the Basse Ville (Lower Town) or Bastide St. Louis. It was built in the 13th century as a refuge for residents of the neighborhoods that were once around the Cité built and were completely demolished. Two bridges over the Aude connect the old Cité and the new city together, called the Vieux Pont and the Pont Marengo.
Annually in Carcassonne from late June to early August the Festival de Carcassonne takes place. The performances are varied, of theater, circus and dance to classical and pop concerts. Many national and international artists have already honores Carcassonne with a performance. Furthermore Carcassonne is also a cozy city with many shops and restaurants. The airport "Salvaza" where Ryan Air flies on lies 3 kilometers outside of Carcassonne.

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Villages and towns
Agde Aigne Aigues-Vives Anduze Anglès Argeliers Aspiran Assignan Azillanet Azille Babeau-Bouldoux Bages Bassan Beaufort Bédarieux Berlou Bessan Béziers Bize-Minervois Boubals Boujan-sur-Libron Boutenac Cabrerolles Cailhau Camplong (Félines-Minervois) Camprafaud (Ferrières-Poussarou) Cap d'Agde (Agde) Capendu Capestang Carcassonne Castelnau-de-Guers Caunes-Minervois Causses-et-Veyran Caussiniojouls Cazedarnes Cazelles (Abeilhan) Cazouls-lès-Béziers Cébazan Ceps (Roquebrun) Cessenon-sur-Orb Cesseras Colombières-sur-Orb Combes Commeyras (Prades-sur-Vernazobre) Copujol (Pardailhan) Corneilhan Coulobres Creissan Cruzy Cuxac-Cabardès Dio-et-Valquières Escales Espondeilhan Fayence Félines-Minervois Ferrals-les-Corbières Ferrals-les-Montagnes Ferrières-Poussarou Fontiers-Cabardès Gigean Gimios (Saint-Jean-de-Minervois) Ginestas Hérépian Homps Ischis (Prémian) La Fraise (Ferrières-Poussarou) La Livinière La Maniere (Puisserguier) La Maurerie (Prades-sur-Vernazobre) La Prade (Aigne) Lamalou-les-Bains Laurens Le Poujol sur Orb (Le Poujol-sur-Orb) Le Pradal Le Priou (Pierrerue) Le Somail (Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude) Les Douzes (Bédarieux) Lespignan Lézignan-Corbières Magalas Mailhac Maraussan Marcorignan Marthomis (Courniou) Mas Bouquet (Abeilhan) Mazamet Minerve Mirepeisset Mons-la-Trivalle (Mons) Montady Montagnac Montblanc Montbrun-des-Corbières Montouliers Moussan Murviel-lès-Béziers Mus Najac (Siran) Narbonne Neffiès Nissan-lez-Enserune Nizas Olargues Olonzac Oupia Ouveillan Paguignan (Aigues-Vives) Pailhès Palaja Paraza Pardailhan Pépieux Pia Pierrerue Plaissan Pouzolles Pouzols-Minervois Prades-sur-Vernazobre Prémian Puimisson Puissalicon Puisserguier Quarante Reals (Cessenon-sur-Orb) Riols Roquebrun Rouairoux Roujan Saint-André-de-Roquelongue Saint-André-de-Sangonis Saint-Chinian Saint-Couat-d'Aude Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière Saint-Jean-de-Minervois Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse Saint-Nazaire-de-Ladarez Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens Saint-Pons-de-Thomières Sainte-Valière Sauvian Sérignan Siran Thézan-lès-Béziers Tour-sur-Orb (La Tour-sur-Orb) Tourbes Tourouzelle Ventenac-en-Minervois Vieussan Villardonnel Villasavary Villeneuve-lès-Béziers Villespassans Villeveyrac

Location

  • Walking/Hiking Yes
  • Bakery Yes
  • Highway Yes
  • Airport Yes
  • Canal du Midi Yes
  • Horseback riding Yes
  • Big city Yes
  • Golf Yes
  • All shops Yes
  • Café/terrace Yes
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