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The Best Things to Do in Carcassonne

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Carcassonne

3.9
Castles · Churches · Historic Sites

Popular things to do in Carcassonne

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World heritage site
Cité de Carcassonne Carcassonne Center
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Winery / Vineyard
O'Vineyards Villemoustaussou
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise Saint-Nazaire Carcassonne Center
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Site
Cathar Castles Carcassonne Center
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.

For an interesting and fun ride, board a barge that moves along the historic Canal du Midi, leaving from just outside the main train station. Operators provide English commentary on the history of the canal and various sites in the Aude department of the Languedoc-Roussillon region along the way. When you get hungry, a culinary must for you to try is cassoulet, a local dish made from beans, sausage, and duck. Plan your trip to Carcassonne and other France destinations using our handy France road trip planner.

Side trips from Carcassonne

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Science Museum
Cite de l'espace Toulouse
3.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Safari
Reserve Africaine de Sigean Sigean
3.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Landmark
Le Capitole Toulouse
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile Albi
4.8
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Carcassonne

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Cave
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine Cabrespine
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lac de la Cavayere Carcassonne Center
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Taste du Languedoc Azille
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Winery / Vineyard
Winemaker Workshops Villemoustaussou
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Carcassonne

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Castle
Chateau Comtal Carcassonne Center
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Carcassonne Cathedral Carcassonne Center
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
La Cite Medievale
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Walking Area
Place Carnot Carcassonne Center
4.0
Duration: 4 hours

Wineries in Carcassonne

Winery / Vineyard
Chateau Guery Azille
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Chateau St Jacques d’Albas Laure-Minervois
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Winery / Vineyard
Chateau Canet Rustiques
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Winery / Vineyard
Domaine Rose et Paul Arzens
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Carcassonne

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Outdoor Activity
Eaurizon Puicheric
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Zoo
Le Parc Australien Carcassonne Center
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Park
Parc Aquaviva Carcassonne Center
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Mysterious Site
La Maison Hantee Carcassonne Center
2.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Chateaux de Lastours Lastours
4.6
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Art Museum
Musee Fabre Montpellier
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec Albi
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

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