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“The real heart of Carcassonne”

La Bastide Saint Louis
Ranked #19 of 71 things to do in Carcassonne
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30 attraction reviews
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“The real heart of Carcassonne”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The Bastide grew up as the lower town, below the upper medieval city of the castle. However, it is the true centre of Carcassonne, a real habited town, unlike the medieval city today. It still has an ancient feel, with ancient narrow streets in a grid pattern. There are also no modern buildings. I don't know about at other times, bit when I was there before Christmas, there were several wonderful food markets where the tastiest morsels and specialities could be picked up. There are also plenty of places to eat out and little shops, with one or two picturesque squares. The squares had a wonderful Christmas atmosphere when I was there, with a pretty ice rink at one of them. It is all one would want from the typical French town we have in our minds.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“The other city”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

Lots of little boutiques and cafes and restaurants. Get a guide from the tourist info place (near PLace Carnot and post office). Shuttle train runs between Bastide and cite in the summer. Station on mainline Toulouse/Narbonne 5 mins from the centre. Lots of interesting architecture and good for photography. Some of it is quaintly crumbling and mind the occasional dog poo. Has a few small supermarkets for picking up groceries. Nice central Place Carnot for cafes and restaurants. Boutiques can be expensive for high fashion but also loads of french high st brands. Also the most hair dressers and beauty and lingerie shops I've ever seen in one small town. Parking free after 6pm till 9am and parts of lunchtime and weekends. Do check.

Visited July 2013
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit.”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Chequer-board streets which give you a great feel for a late-medieval - early-modern town. Some interesting buildings and churches. Just wander.

Visited July 2013
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Boston, Lincolnshire
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105 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Narrow streets and wide avenues.”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

Good views of La Cite and an interesting place to walk around. Contrary to an earlier review - we found the French most welcoming and helpful! I walked into a bank to get some cash. Turned out to be an admin only building (no money there!) but a member of staff accompanied me outside and gave me accurate directions to a square with a 'hole in the wall'.

Visited June 2013
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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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“Small French town built using a grid system”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

I liked the way La Bastide was laid out ensuring that it was easy to find your way. Again plenty on offer by way of shops, restaurants, churches and museums.

Visited May 2013
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