Carcassonne tourism, attractions and travel guide

Photo of Carcassonne in Aude

Visit Carcassonne: Highlights and Tourist Information

Location of Carcassonne on map of France

France This Way comment: The medieval fortress-town of Carcassonne is very extensive and very interesting. Highly recommended!

This page features a summary of highlights near Carcassonne that you might like to explore. For detailed visitor information see the Carcassonne travel guide

Carcassonne is situated in the Aude (Languedoc-Roussillon region) in the south of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Aude department. (General information: Carcassonne is 628 km from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Carcassonne include "heritage site" and "secteur sauvegarde".

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Hilaire at 14 km and Montolieu at 16 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Carcassonne, France: places to visit, tourism and attractions

Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend close to Carcassonne. Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Aude

Map of places to visit near Carcassonne and location information

More information about Carcassonne & region

Detailed Carcassonne tourist guide

Aude (local department)

Languedoc-Roussillon (surrounding region)

Driving distances & route maps

Markets in and near Carcassonne

Market days in Carcassonne: weekly market: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday;

Local markets

  • Carcassonne: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (0km)
  • Bram: market Wednesday (20km)
  • Limoux: market Friday all day (21km)
  • Olonzac: market Tuesday (31km)
  • Mazamet: market Tuesday & Sunday & Saturday (31km)
  • Lezignan-Corbieres: market Wednesday (32km)
  • Esperaza: market Thursday & Sunday (33km)
  • Castelnaudary: market Monday all day (35km)
  • Labastide-Rouairoux: market Thursday (37km)
  • Labruguiere: market Friday (37km)

Tourist attractions to visit near Carcassonne, France

Below we show places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Carcassonne and wondering what to do next! Positions of each of these attractions is shown on the map below.

Grand sites of France Carcassonne City (1km)

Most beautiful villages in France (see also beautiful French villages) Lagrasse (25km); Minerve (35km); Camon (38km); Olargues (59km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour) Limoux (21km); Revel (40km)

Regional Natural Parcs Haut-Languedoc (47km)

Churches or other religious monuments Abbaye de Fontfroide (Narbonne) (44km)

Remarkable gardens Jardin de l'Évêché (45km)

Sites of natural beauty Cité de Carcassonne (1km); Gouffre de Cabrespine (18km); Gorges de l'Orbieu (28km); Grotte de la Devèze (41km); Gorges de Galamus (43km); Gorges de la Pierre-Lys (44km); Forêt de Fontfroide (44km); Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes (49km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie) Fraisse-sur-Agout (56km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Carcassonne

Canton: Carcassonne

Arrondissement: Carcassonne

Department: Aude

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

Postcode: 11000

Distance to Carcassonne

from Carcassonne (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 628 km

from Calais: 861 km

from Nice: 400 km

from Bordeaux: 296 km

from Strasbourg: 728 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Carcassonne from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed nearby (within 6 kilometres of Carcassonne): Berriac, Cavanac, Cazilhac, Palaja, Pennautier, Villalier, Villedubert and Villemoustaussou.

This page in French: Visitez Carcassonne

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