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Here we are again, on the roads, pursuing our little Tour de France. Today I take you all the way to the South, to the beautiful city of Carcassonne in the Cathare country. Le'ts unravel the old city's secrets, shall we?
1) La cité Carcassonne:
The old fortified city of Carcassonne was built during the Gallo-Roman era and is believed to have been erected circa 300 A.D. The castle is known for its 3km long double enclosures, and its 52 towers watching over the valley of Aude. And if you're not really keen on walking, why not book a tour in carriage with horses? A great way to enjoy the sight!
2) Le Musée de Beaux-Arts:
Mainly composed of paintings from the 16th to the 20th century, the Museum of Fine arts of Carcassonne boasts an impressive collection, with eight different rooms covering various time frames and genres.
3) L'Eglise Saint-Nazaire:
The church, located inside the Medieval citadel, is a rare blend between Roman and Gothic style but that's not all: the external façade was entirely built in sandstone, giving the building its bright coloration.
4) Les Halles:
Built in 1768, they are now used partially as a shopping arcade as well as a library. They are worth a look when strolling around the city center.
5) Les Festival de Carcassonne:
From the 4th of July until the 1st of August, the festival of Carcassonne takes place in the citadel. For 4 weeks, concerts, ballets, plays and all sorts of shows light up the ancient city for nights of magic and splendor. Visit the city in summer and join the festivities for a night or two that you won't forget.
6) La Chasse aux trésors:
The favorite activity of families and groups: a treasure hunt! Only 12€ per box (2 to 4 persons per box), a great way to spend the day in the citadel, visit and rediscover the Medieval charm of the place while having fun!
7) Spécialité locale = le cassoulet:
Of course, this list wouldn't be complete without a local specialty. Try le cassoulet. All across the region, chefs quarrels over which one is "the" recipe. We won't pick for you but know that: a real cassoulet is cooked entirely with local delicatessen. Try one in Maison du Cassoulet or Le Trivalou.
8) Bastide Saint-Louis:
The old city center is filled with little wonders from the past. Walk along place Carnot, visit the private mansions and religious edifices.
9) Les châteaux de la vallée de l'Aude:
If you love nature, aventures and hiking, then this is for you! Nurmerous castles and ruins lay in the valley of the river Aude for climbers to visit. Here are a few of them:
1- Château de Puilaurens 2- Château de Peyrepertuse 3- Château de Villerouge-Termènes 4- Château d'Arques 5- Château d'Aguilar 6- Château de Quéribus
10) Le sentier de Mayronnes:
Since 1993, the Mayronnes sculpture path is open to all to visit. The walk is simple enough and studded with sculptures. Every year the path is renewed, it creates awareness of the sight and protection of the environment. A nice trail for nature lovers and art aficionados.
Here we are, 10 places to visit in Carcassonne and Pays de l'Aude. As always you can visit previous articles on Rennes
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