Carcassonne, in Aude, is a city of round and about 50,000 inhabitants.
From Carcassonne, Marseille is 150 miles (241 kilometers) to the east from here while Barcelona, Spain is about 130 miles (209 kilometers) to the south.
Even those people who are not religious, will be interested to see the décor and designs in the wide range of old religious sites. The Lagrasse Abbey and the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse are two of the most iconic of these. Photographers will also like the other old places of worship here, namely the St-Papoul Abbey and the Chapelle de Centeilles.
This special place is dotted with historical castles, which are interesting to visit with their towers and thick walls. Make sure you take the time to explore Chateau Comtal and Carcassone Castle to discover how difficult life was in ancient times. The Chateau de Puilaurens and the Ducs de Joyeuse Castle are two other strongholds in the region that appeal to children and adults alike.
Discover the rich history of this part of the world by visiting several of its historic sites. History buffs will love the Medieval City, the Narbonnaise Gate and the Aude Gate, which are some of the more important heritage sites in the region.
Escape the bustling streets by heading to the nearby nature reserves, such as La Curiosite de L'Auriol and Gorges de St-Georges. The parks are great places to try to spot the local flora and fauna, before enjoying a picnic in the parks’ pristine grounds.
Before you leave Carcassonne, be sure to visit the Dolmen des Fades the Parish Church of Saint Julien and Sainte Basilisse and the Rennes-le-Chateau Church; three of the sights which help make this city such a great vacation choice.