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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“The astounding walls of Carcassonne’s citadel are an architectural wonder and draw visitors to the city from far and wide. After discovering every niche, passageway and parapet you can navigate the streets of the hilltop settlement or venture into the less touristy Lower City for lunch or a shopping trip. The ideal time to come is early, before the tourist hordes and lunch time.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Historic Site
“World famous UNESCO heritage citadel. Featured in many films and with fully working town within the walls. Many good restaurants and cafes. Live music in summer”
  • 126 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
“This lake is perfect for families with children as there is also a climbing parc.”
  • 76 locals recommend
“Cafes, wine bars, and a relaxed vibe, plus a thrice-weekly market on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.”
  • 27 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
“1. It’s France's most famous medieval walled city. 2. It is full of history and legends. 3. It’s the setting of the book "Labyrinth" by Kate Mosse. 4. It is home to an incredible food market. 5. It has plenty of amazing museums to visit. 6. It has unforgettable places to treat your taste buds. 7. It is a souvenirs lover’s dream. 8. It has a beautiful canal that will convince you to rent a boat.”
  • 170 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Point of Interest
“CANAL DU MIDI BOAT TRIP, CARCASSONNE: This isn't the only boat trip on the Canal du Midi but if you intend on visiting Carcassonne, then you have a choice of two or three trips (with corresponding lengths of trips to suit everyone). You'll be taken along part of the Canal du Midi and told the amazing history of its creation. You'll go through one or two of the automatic locks which are pretty impressive pieces of engineering. And - depending on the trip's length, you may get a chance to get off the boat, stretch your legs or have a quick drink at a Canal-side cafe while watching the world go by.”
  • 14 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Art Museum
“Entrée square Gambetta. Musée gratuit, dans un beau bâtiment. Une exposition permanente, aux nombreuses toiles du XVI° au XIX°, dans lesquelles on peut s'amuser à croiser nombre de personnages célèbres de la ville, qui ont donné leurs noms aux rues. Et des expositions temporaires variées, toujours intéressantes.”
  • 18 locals recommend
“Carcassonne one of the most famous restored chateau. Worth a visit despite the tourists. Try and go early morning to avoid the crowd especially in summer. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
“A Carcassonne à 3 min de la Cité, un parc animalier et de loisirs sur le thème de l'AUSTRALIE ! In Carcassonne, 3 min from the medieval city, a wildlife park and recreation on the AUSTRALIA theme !”
  • 7 locals recommend
“This wonderful two-Michelin-starred Restaurant du Parc is located at the foot of the famous Carcassonne citadel and is only a 15 min drive away.”
  • 14 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“3 minutes away by foot - well worth a visit - for apero, coffee and dining.”
  • 15 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Endroit parfait pour découvrir les meilleurs vins de la région et se restaurer qualitativement. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Vins du pays, tapas, cadre exceptionnel, jardin ombragé sous les marronniers, nombreuses animations tous les weekends. Wines, tapas, shady garden under the chestnut trees, many events every weekend.”
  • 17 locals recommend
“très bon restaurant (résa.obligatoire) menu, soir uniquement. Voiture pour y aller. Our kind of favourite..(need a car to get there) Evening only”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Restauarnt style tapas et bar, trsè sympa et animé le soir, aux pieds de la Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
“This is in the heart of the city with a broad menu and an outside terrace. As it is tucked away it is one of the more tranquil restaurants.”
  • 14 locals recommend