Top Choice Area in Carcassonne

Cité Médiévale

Built on a steep spur of rock, Carcassonne’s rampart-ringed fortress dates back more than two millennia. The fortified town is encircled by two sets of battlements and 52 stone towers, topped by distinctive ‘witch’s…
Bridge in Carcassonne


Though it’s one of several bridges spanning the Aude River, the Pont-Vieux is by far the oldest and prettiest. It was built during the 14th century to provide a quick link between Carcassonne’s lower and upper towns…
Castle in Carcassonne

Château et Remparts

To actually walk on the ramparts of Cité Médiévale, you have to pay to enter the Château et Remparts, a keep built for the viscounts of Carcassonne during the 12th century. Admission includes access to the keep’s ro…
Basilica in Carcassonne

Basilique St-Nazaire

Carcassonne's basilica is worth a peek for its soaring Gothic transept and vivid rose windows. Often, traditional plain chant can be heard inside.
Gate in Carcassonne

Porte Narbonnaise

The main gateway to the Cité Médiévale, Porte Narbonnaise leads into the citadel’s interior.
Gate in Carcassonne

Porte d’Aude

The castle’s second gate, Porte d'Aude, was partly destroyed in 1816 and no longer has its drawbridge.