Carcassonne tourism and travel guide

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Visit Carcassonne: highlights and tourist information

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

Carcassonne is situated in the Aude department and Occitanie region.

Important note

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

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

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Carcassonne in Occitanie.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateaux de Lastours at 14 km and Montolieu at 16 km.

Carcassonne, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 14 km (direction south-south-west)

Saint-Hilaire is a pleasant village that is dominated by the lovely Abbey of Saint-Hilaire,...

See Saint-Hilaire guide
Chateaux de Lastours

Chateaux de Lastours

Castle at 14 km (direction south-south-west)

The four ruined castles in Lastours, in cathar country, were built in the 13th...

See Chateaux de Lastours guide


at 16 km (direction north-west)

Built on the edge of a deep ravine, Montolieu is well known as a...

See Montolieu guide


at 19 km (direction north-east)

If you are exploreing the Minervois wine region you will also want to take...

See Caunes-Minervois guide


at 21 km (direction south-west)

The small town of Limoux is best visited in late spring to enjoy the...

See Limoux guide


at 23 km (direction north-west)

In Saissac the highlights include the views from the top of the village and...

See Saissac guide


Most Beautiful Village at 25 km (direction east-south-east)

The romantic atmosphere in medieval Lagrasse have made it a popular centre for artisans...

See Lagrasse guide


at 25 km (direction south-south-west)

The abbey ruins are the most imposing monument in Alet-les-Bains but be sure to...

See Alet-les-Bains guide
Chateau de Termes

Chateau de Termes

Castle at 28 km (direction south-east)

Château De Termes is one of the most important Cathar castles in southern France...

See Chateau de Termes guide


at 32 km (direction south-south-west)

A small village with lovely views, it is also the legends associating Rennes-le-Chateau with...

See Rennes-le-Chateau guide


at 33 km (direction south)

Rennes-les-Bains is a traditional spa town in the Aude countryside...

See Rennes-les-Bains guide


at 35 km (direction west-north-west)

Slightly away from tourist routes, Castelnaudary has a pleasant canal port and is the...

See Castelnaudary guide


Most Beautiful Village at 35 km (direction east-north-east), in the Herault department

The ancient streets of the attractive village of Minerve are very pleasant to explore,...

See Minerve guide


at 36 km (direction north-west), in the Tarn department

The abbey-school and numerous ancient colombage houses are among the interesting finds in the...

See Soreze guide

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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)

More information about Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon

Tourist attractions near Carcassonne, France

What to do at Carcassonne? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Carcassonne.

Grand sites of France

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Haut-Languedoc (47km)

Churches and religious monuments

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

Carcassonne is in the south of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Aude department (general information: Carcassonne is 628 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Carcassonne

Canton: Carcassonne

Arrondissement: Carcassonne

Department: Aude

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon

New region: Occitanie

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 as being close (less than kilometres from ): Berriac, Cavanac, Cazilhac, Palaja, Pennautier, Villalier, Villedubert and Villemoustaussou.

This page in French: Visiter Carcassonne