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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!

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.

Carcassonne is situated in the Aude department and Languedoc-Roussillon region (now part of the Occitanie region), in the south of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Aude department (general information: Carcassonne is 628 kilometres from Paris).

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateaux de Lastours at 14 km and Montolieu at 16 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Carcassonne, France: places to visit and attractions

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

Note that all distances below 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

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

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

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