Carcassonne tourism and travel guide
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Visit Carcassonne: highlights and tourist information
France This Way comment: The medieval fortress-town of Carcassonne is very extensive and very interesting. Highly recommended!
IMPORTANT: 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".
Carcassonne, France: places to visit and attractions
Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend when sightseeing close to Carcassonne. Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.
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Map of places to visit near Carcassonne
More information about Carcassonne & region
Markets in and near Carcassonne
Market days in Carcassonne: weekly market: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday;
- 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!
Grand sites of France Carcassonne City (1km)
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
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
For driving distances to Carcassonne from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.
This page in French: Visitez Carcassonne