Chateau de Puilaurens, one of the Cathar Castles, Caucassonne

Hotels in Carcassonne, France

Accommodation in Carcassonne

The fortified French town of Carcassonne in the South of France, near the Pyrennees was one of the most strategic locations during Roman rule and, today, owes much of its revenue to tourism and wine-making.  The town is home to a number of historic structures and buildings of architectural wonder.  Another reason why tourists are attracted to this part of France is due to the reasonably priced accommodation in Carcassonne.  Local hotel accommodation varies from 1 to 5 stars and the prices vary in order to allow everyone the chance of enjoying an affordable holiday.

Historic Carcassonne sights and attractions

One of the most visited local attractions are the Cathar Castles.  They were home to the Albigensians who were accused of heresy by the Pope and orders were given to kill them and take their lands.  They are relatively easy to reach and the view of the surrounding lands is another great reason to visit.

A trip to the Carcassonne Medieval City is like taking a step back in time.  There are a number of shops from which you can purchase various items including handmade souvenirs.

Although the town's history dates back as far as the 6th century BC, it was not until the 13th century that it began to take the shape that we know today.  A visit to the Castle and Ramparts of Carcassonne will give you even more insight into the local history and important events.

The Chateau Comtal is another popular castle visited by many tourists each year and other important historic sites include the Memorial House (Maison des Memoires) and the La Bastide Saint Louis.

Top museums and religious sites

There are many different types of museums to enjoy in Carcassonne and this is a particularly great activity if the weather doesn't particularly allow for outdoor fun.  Some of the most popular museums include the School Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Chivalry, Arms & Archery, the Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante and the Museum of the Middle Ages.

Sites of religious importance in Carcassonne include the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, the L'Eglise Saint-Hilaire and the Saint Gimer Church.

Apart from all of these interesting places and activities, there are plenty of other fun things to do in Carcassonne.  La Maison Hantee is a unique spooky attraction in the town and manages to scare a number of visitors on a regular basis.  If you are looking for family fun, the O2 Aventure Lac de la Cavayere or a day at the Raymond Chesa Leisure Park or Lac de la Cavayere is a great way to spend the day out and about.