Discover the surroundings of Carcassonne

If you are looking for a destination rich in history and culture in the south of France, Carcassonne and its surroundings are an excellent option. This medieval walled town is famous for its historic city, but the region offers so much more than that. From the Canal du Midi to castles and abbeys, there is so much to see and do around Carcassonne.

The city de Carcassonne is a medieval fortified city, it is considered one of the jewels of European medieval architecture and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore its cobbled streets, ramparts and fortifications, as well as its many monuments, museums and shops. Especially for lovers of religious architecture, there is the Saint-Nazaire Basilica . A Romanesque/Gothic church built in the 12th century, remarkable in particular for its magnificent stained glass windows in the shape of a rose window.

The Gorges de Galamus is a natural place located about an hour's drive from Carcassonne. These picturesque gorges offer spectacular views of cliffs, waterfalls and rivers. Visitors can practice many outdoor activities here, such as hiking, canyoning, climbing and swimming. The Gorges de Galamus are also a privileged place to observe the fauna and flora of the region !

Puilaurens Castle is another historical site located in the vicinity of Carcassonne. This 12th century castle is perched on a rocky hill and offers breathtaking views of the mountains. It was built to protect the region from invasions and is considered one of the best examples of medieval military architecture in the region. Visitors can explore the ramparts, the towers as well as the nearby village of Lapradelle.

The Canal du Midi is a major attraction in the region. This 240 km canal connects the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean and passes through picturesque towns such as Carcassonne, Béziers and Toulouse. It is possible to hire a boat for a canal cruise or stroll along the towpaths to admire the stunning scenery and historic locks.

If you are interested in medieval history, don't miss Peyrepertuse Castle . It was once an important surveillance post on the border between France and Spain. This fortress was built on mountain peaks which offer breathtaking views !

The Gouffre de Cabrespine is one of the 10 most beautiful caves in Europe and is located about 20 km from Carcassonne. This underground cave is one of the largest in the world (250 meters deep) and offers incredible rock formations as well as stalactites and stalagmites.

The Abbaye de Fonfroide is another important historical attraction in the region. Founded in the 12th century, this Cistercian abbey is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in southern France. Visitors can explore the abbey buildings and its peaceful gardens.

Lastours Castle is another impressive medieval site to discover. It consists of four castles built in the 12th century with a panoramic view of the Black Mountain, now a popular destination for hikers.

And finally, the castle of Quéribus . It was a place of refuge for the Cathars during the Crusades. It is a fortress also built on a mountain which offers spectacular views of the region.