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Tour of Carcassonne

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Carcassonne in Southern France, is a fortified French town in the former province of Languedoc. The main tourist attraction is the fortress, which was restored in 1853, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Toulouse is situated 61 miles northwest of Carcassonne.

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Flights take about 2 hours between UK Airports and Carcassonne Salvaza Airport.

Ryanair provide flights between Carcassonne Salvaza Airport and UK Airports such as: Cork . Dublin . East Midlands . Glasgow International . London/Stanstead . Manchester .

Carcassonne Salvaza Airport is the main airport serving the City of Carcassonne and the south of Languedoc. It is situated on the northern edge of the city, about 4 miles from the centre, Google Map. More information and flights at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne_Airport.

Regular buses run between the Airport and Carcassonne centre with a fare of about 5 Euros.

Taxis are available at the front of the Terminal with a price of about 12 Euros to the city centre.

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The city is one of the top tourist destinations in France, drawing an average of three million visitors yearly.

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The Carcassonne Fortress or Cit de Carcassonne, site became an important trading place in the 6th century BC. The Romans fortified the hilltop around 100 BC.

The fortress was expanded through the centuries, playing its part in the Crusades & 100 Years War, becoming the walled city that can be seen today, surrounded by 3 kilometers of ramparts and 52 towers. The largest medieval town in Europe with its city walls intact.

Carcassonne was also featured in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Basilique Saint-Nazaire is situated inside the walls of the fortress.

Construction of this building was completed in the early 1100s. The building was re-constructed in the Gothic style in the 1200s. It then served as the cathedral of Carcassonne until 1803. The parish church of Saint Michael, built in the 1200s, a short distance across the river in Lower Carcassonne, became the new Carcassonne Cathedral at that time.

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Carcassonne open-air theatre is situated next to the Basilique Saint-Nazaire.

Built in 1908, the theatre became extremely popular with the people of Carcassonne. The theatre still attracts vast crowds, especially during the Cite Festival in July.

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Lower Carcassonne is situated across the bridge and River Aude.

This part of the city contains most of the shops, hotels & restaurants.

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, the large fruit, flower, herb and vegetable market is held in the Place Carnot, the centre of modern Carcassonne.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Carcassonne is housed in the former courthouse in the lower town, only a few hundred yards east of the the Place Carnot.

The collections include art in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, tin-glazed earthenware and tapestries.

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The Canal du Midi is another major attraction in Carcassonne.

This is a 160 mile network of waterways that link the Mediterranean and Atlantic. There are 328 structures along its lenght such as locks, aqueducts, bridges and tunnels. The canal was built between 1667 and 1694, aiding the Industrial Revolution.

The canal was diverted through Carcassonne in 1777-1798. It became a World Heritage List of U.N.E.S.C.O. in 1996.

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Lac de la Cavayere is an artificial lake on the outskirts of Carcassonne. The lake was created in 1988 after severe forest fires in 1985.

The lake is now a popular recreation area with a diverse range of wildlife.

The beaches have become popular bathing areas where you can hire boats, have a picnic, play crazy golf, or visit a nearby chateau.

Abbaye de Fontfroide is a popular day trip on offer at times. This is one of the most lavish and best preserved sistercian abbeys in France. The medieval village of Villerouge-Termenes & the village of Lagrasse with its opulent Benedictine abbey are also included in this tour.

The other tour on offer at times, visits four chateaux built at an altitude of 300 m on the same rocky base, the stronghold of the Cabardes since the height of the Middle Ages. A tour of the giant Cabrespine sinkhole, "the devil's balcony," one of the undisputed wonders of the national heritage is also included in this tour.

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Limoux is a scenic medieval town situated about about 18 miles south of Carcassonne.

The central square that hosts the weekly market, is ringed with cafes, pastry shops, a variety of specialty food shops and many other interesting outlets.

There seems to be no tours as yet, so may have to be visited by bus or hire car.

Rennes-le-Chateau is a small medieval castle village and a commune situated about 29 miles south of Carcassonne.

The Chateau attracts tens of thousands of visitors per year, as it is famed for being at the center of many conspiracy theories.

Starting in the 1950s, a local restaurant owner spread rumours of a hidden treasure here in an attempt to increase business. The story inspired best selling books such as the Holy Grail, and The Da Vinci Code.

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Montsegur is situated about 52 miles southwest of Carcassonne.

Montsegur Chateau and village attracts Cathar history enthusiasts, and tourists looking for quaint French villages.

Montsegur is situated in France's Midi-Pyrenees region, with Montsegur Chateau said to be the most significant monument to the Cathar religious sect.

The Niaux Caves are situated about 30 miles west of Montsegur.

These are a fine example of painted prehistoric caves.

There are many of the finest ancient paintings of horses and bison here. The animals are painted in black, said to be between 12,000 and 9,000 BC. There seems to be signs that scaffolding was usedfor the paintings high up the walls and roof.

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The city of Toulouse, 61 miles northwest of Carcassonne, is France's sixth largest city, a big draw for visitors in the region.

A former capital of Languedoc, Toulouse has a large number of attractions such as medieval churches, state buildings & large mansions.

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For more information on Carcassonne, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne.

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