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“Definitely Has a WOW Factor!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carcassonne

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Derby, United Kingdom
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195 reviews
439 helpful votes
“Definitely Has a WOW Factor!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2008

We've just spent 2 nights in Carcassonne which gave us 2 days to explore - this is ample really.
There is a real sense of being in 'another world'.

Carcassonne has a lot of history to it and is a superb destination for a short break.

The mediaeval city is breathtaking - and there are lots of shops selling soaps and pottery and lavender. Some may find it crass but I enjoyed looking round them!

The Cathedral of St Nazaire is also worth a visit and a walk around the ramparts is a must.

The so-called 'new town' is worth a visit and there are boat trips along the Canal du Midi and lots of nice shops (shoes & handbags to die for!)

We ate in the mediaeval city outside (in late October!) and enjoyed the steaks, salmon etc that we had. They do seem to eat a lot of duck and pork there - not a massive choice for vegetarians.
Prices were pretty reasonable (various menus from 12 to 30 euros for tourists) The quality of the food was excellent (as one might expect in France!) and the local rose wine was lovely :-)

The whole place is a photographer's dream.

The citadel on the hill really does have the 'wow' factor.

6 Thank EPD
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128 reviews
46 helpful votes
“Prepare to be wowed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2008

What an amazing medieval city. Lived up to entirely, and in fact, beyond expectaions.
Despite the unusual poor climate - heavy rain upon arrival at the local airport (Flew from Nottingham East Midlands with Ryanair - perfect flights).
Lots to see and do. History seeping from every stone and a magnificent view from the walled battlements.
Food is available with easeand not at outrageous, tourist trap prices.
See the city at night, but beware the restaurants can close early as on my visit which, with respect was a French National holiday.

The new town leaves a lot to be desired as its simply a typical commercial centre. Hotels are plentiful both in the old city though obviously cheaper in the suburbs.

Can imagine the tourist levels being an obstacle so arrive early for the best private views or if you are lucky, as I was, arrive when its raining - the streets are well protected by the high walls and the rain whilst a hinderence was at least warm.

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2 Thank KThewanderer
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37 reviews
66 helpful votes
“Great 2/3 night short break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2008

Carcassonne is well worth a 2/3 night short break. Ryanair fly to this tiny airport .Your baggage will be ready for collection as soon as you exit customs.From the airport a taxi is 10 - 14 euros or there is a public shuttle bus which is aware of when flights arrive and costs 5 euros each.
There are two parts to Carcassonne
The old medieval city and the so called new town.The new town looks pretty old to me and I enjoyed it as much as the medieval city. Most restaurants do a 3 course tourist menu at lunch and at night for between 10 - 22 euros.Great value ! Drinks cost 2-3 euros for a glass of wine or 3 euros for a small beer.
If you ask for a pint of lager expect to pay 5-6 euros.
The people are very friendly and the laid back atmosphere in both areas is a treat. There is hardly any night life here apart from late night low key bars so thankfully this should keep away the lager louts /stag/hen nights from this quaint town.Next time I will hire a car to visit the surrounding countryside but for a first time visit 3 nights on foot was perfect.

5 Thank scotsken
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65 reviews
57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2008

Great for visiting other places around this area but Carcassone itself needs only 1 day for a visit.

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2 reviews
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“One of my favorite places in Europe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2008

I thought i would write a reveiw about the most wonderful city of Carcassonne, For 7 years I worked as a european coach driver for Wallace Arnolds. I was based in the south of France for up to 26 weeks, I would pick my tour up from the TGV station at Montpellier on a Sunday, dropping them off for the return to UK on the following Saterday.
We used to arrive at Carcassonne every friday at about 3pm, dropping the passengers off at the wonderful medieval walled city. I would then go to our hotel (Des Trois Couronnes) to unload the suitcases and check in, returning for the weary travellers at about 5.30pm to pick up and check into hotel.
Having spent all week driving through Spain and Andorra the end of the another weeks touring in site I really looked forward to Carcassonne.
Our hotel The "Hotel Des Trois Couronnes" was fantastic, with veiws of the medieval city from the resuraunt, all lit up on a night, absolutly wonderful.
The medieval city can been seen in the Kevin Costner film, Robin Hood, its awe inspireing.
Could not recommend this city and hotel enough, Try it !!!!!

3 Thank Nige45
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