Welcome to Carcassonne. Here, the Middle Ages is an easy setting, the imagination a market, in the heart of a country where, to speak of the Cathars, one sometimes has dubious indulgences towards their persecutors or towards trade. In front of the Narbonne door, the heart blows with the force of truth, turning our eyes towards the South, towards the light, towards the Pyrenees.
Let your footsteps and your gaze slide seven centuries back in time, to the time of the "Cathars".
Lovers of heritage and old stones, give yourself over to the joy of discovering the built treasures of Carcassonne... The majestic Gallo-Roman and medieval fortifications which surround the city, the imposing Narbonnaise gate flanked by two high spur towers, the 12th century county castle built under the Trencavel dynasty, which now houses a lapidary museum, The Saint-Nazaire basilica with its Gothic statues and splendid 13th and 14th century stained glass windows, or the Promenade des Lices nestled between the two city walls, are all testimonies of the past to be savoured during a stroll.
Only 10 minutes away, crossing the river Aude on the Pont-Vieux. Passing through the Square Gambetta, with its Fine Arts Museum, you go up the Rue de Verdun towards the Place Carnot. This is the real heart of the city, only a few kilometres from the Canal du Midi, another UNESCO World Heritage site in Carcassonne.