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Carcassonne is separated into the fortified Cité de Carcassonne (a Unesco world heritage site) located high on a rock and the more expansive lower city or bastide, the ville basse.
Folklore has it that Charlemagne held the Cité under siege for five years in the 7th Century. Within the walls their numbers gradually dwindled due to thirst and hunger but Lady Carcas had dummy warriors made out of straw placed on the ramparts to create the illusion that they were still strong. When they finally ran out of food and were down to their last pig and a sack of wheat, Lady Carcas realised she would have to surrender. Out of utter frustration she let the pig gorge itself on the wheat and then threw it over the wall at her enemies. The pig exploded as it hit the ground and the startled besiegers thought there must be an abundance of food if they could afford to feed their livestock in such a way. Unbeknown to Lady Carcas, Charlemagne was already getting bored, so he gave up and went back to Germany.


Carcassonne was struck from the roster of official fortifications under Napoleon and the Restoration, and it fell into such disrepair that the French government decided that it should be demolished. In the early 19th Century the Cité was to be sold off and torn down for its masonry blocks but there was such an uproar that it was saved. The architect Eugčne Viollet-le-Duc was brought in to renovate it - a task that took him and his craftsmen, continuing after his death, 35 years to complete.

The restoration was strongly criticized during Viollet-le-Duc's lifetime. Fresh from work in the north of France, he made the error of using slates and restoring the roofs as pointed cones, where local practice was traditionally of tile roofing and low slopes, in a snow-free environment. Yet, overall, Viollet-le-Duc's achievement at Carcassonne is agreed to be a work of genius, though not of strictest authenticity.

The fortification consists of a double ring of ramparts and 53 towers and provided Walt Disney with the inspiration for the castle in his version of 'The Sleeping Beauty'.

Nearby Castelnaudary is famous for its delicious cassoulet, a traditional local dish made of beans, duck and sausage.

The climate and weather in Carcassonne due to its situation in the Mediterranean, offers one of the best and sunniest climates of the whole of France - there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year! Carcassonne and its region are attractive all year round.

Carcassonne News from AB Real Estate Group in the South of France

1707 #Carcassonne area: 16th Century Château on 5.7 ha of park for sale

2474 #Carcassonne area: Beautifully renovated domain for sale

2276 #Carcassonne area: Farm, old stables 1850 for sale

2197 #Carcassonne area: Maison de maitre for sale

2394 #Carcassonne area: Village house 260m˛ on two levels for sale

2397 #Carcassonne area: Villa 330m˛, 5 bedrooms, ready to move in for sale

2466 #Carcassonne area: Renovated Stone house 3 bedrooms for sale

2301 #Carcassonne area: 16th and 17th Century sandstone castle for sale

2463 #Carcassonne area: Renovated 19th century Farmhouse for sale

2330 #Carcassonne area: Domaine including main house of 150m˛ for sale

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Recommended accommodation when you visit Carcassonne to find your property :

Hôtel de la Cité

Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne - MGallery Collection

Standing between two historic landmarks, the Hôtel de la Cité is set in its own glorious gardens. Each of its 42 guestrooms and 19 Suites are furnished and decorated with more than a dash of aristocratic style.

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Recommended restaurants in Carcassonne and nearby

2474 #Carcassonne area: Beautifully renovated domain for sale

2462 #Carcassonne area: Lovely 18th century renovated stone farmhouse for sale

2379 #Carcassonne area: Little camping and its restaurant for sale

2378 #Carcassonne area: Vineyard 27ha, land 8ha and camping for sale

#Carcassonne: Restaurant L'Ambrosia, Pezens in the Aude department in the Occitanie region in southern France (with map)

#Carcassonne: La Barbacane, Michelin-star restaurant @ Hotel de la Cité with map

#Carcassonne Restaurant Bernard Rigaudis @ Domaine d'Auriac, Aude department, Occitanie region in southern France (with map)

#Carcassonne Restaurant La Bergerie, Aragon in the Aude department in the Occitanie region in southern France (with map)

Château St-Martin "Trencavel"
Very comfortable restaurant
An attractive 14C/17C building in parkland, flanked by a 12C tower. Discreet interior decorated with a mural and pleasant summer terrace. Classic cuisine.

Le Parc Franck Putelat
Very comfortable restaurant A very good restaurant in its category
80 CHEMIN DES ANGLAIS - 11000 CARCASSONNE Tel.: 04 68 71 80 80
The restaurant below Carcassonne is as sophisticated as its inventive modern cuisine. Bright minimalist dining room overlooking the countryside.

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Wine Reviews Carcassonne and nearby

#Carcassonne area: Château de Pennautier with map

#Carcassonne #Limoux Domaine Gayda, Aude, Occitanie, southern France with map

Domaine d'Escapat - Wine Review March 2016

What to do in Carcassonne and nearby :

Carcassonne Festival

The beautifully preserved medieval city of Carcassonne is always worth a visit - especially during the cultural feast held annually during the long, hot month of July. The festival combines music, theatre, opera and dance, performed among the historic honey-coloured buildings of this walled city such as the Grand Théâtre Antique, Basilique Saint Nazaire and the Cour du Château. For full details of the program, please visit the festival website.

Carcassonne Jazz Week

The Jesuit College Chapel in Carcassonne fills with the sounds of jazz for a week every April. Big bands, trios, sextets and soloists provide some high-quality music.


Golf de Carcassonne

Golf de Carcassonne
Very close to the historic city of Carcassonne, a world heritage site, this 18 hole, par 71 course is gently undulating, with technical challenges to keep the best players interested, but nothing too daunting for the beginner. The stream that crosses the course, the water obstacles and carefully sited bunkers add spice to the game. The 9th hole has been named by several golf magazines as the most original in Europe. While you're in the area, try the great wines of the Corbičres, Fitou or Minervois and the culinary specialities of the Cathar region.