We spent a few days down on the Meditteranean coast near Narbonne as Bristol Rugby were playing a pre-season friendly there. To break the trip up on the way back we stopped off at Carcassonne to visit the old mediaeval city. On reflection we wish we had longer to stay and explore!
It’s about 2 and a half hours from La Blanquette, and is South East of Toulouse. The fortress city rises up in the Aude countryside, and after negotiating a short drive through the lower city you can park very close to the old mediaeval city walls.
There are a great many museums and historical sights within the walls, several hotels, and a great many fantastic bars and restaurants. Unfortunately we only had time for a brief breakfast and then a mid-morning ice-cream before heading back to the Dordogne after a wander around the picturesque ramparts and narrow alleyways. The city was very busy, and some of the pedestrian passageways were thick with tourists however you could still get a sense of how it could have been during the time of the Crusades almost a thousand years ago.
We hope to visit again soon and maybe spend a few days there sampling the cuisine and wines and definitely recommend a stop if you are touring the South West of France.