Carcassonne Tourist Attractions
Carcassonne Airport serves the Carcassonne City and towns like Pennautier, Villemoustaussou, Pezens, Ventenac-Cabardès, Montréal, Cazilhac, Caux-et-Sauzens and Alzonne. It handles a lot of tourists annually as it is located at a distance of 2 miles, or 3km from the appealing and beautiful medieval city of Carcassonne. Ryanair bringing the passengers is only flight operating at this airport. These passengers can visit nearby attractions/places to see by availing the variety of transport services waiting for them at the terminal. In the south Languedoc-Roussillon area of France, the most famous destination for visitors is Carcassonne offering all kinds of excitement and attractions. With 2500 years of history, places like the castle and the town wall with more than 50 towers, Carcassonne is considered to be the most amazing medieval cities and has a lot of wonderful attractions to discover.
With two main areas Ville Basse and Cité de Carcassonne, this French city got fortified due to consequences of battles and clashes that took place during the history of this region of Carcassonne. The two walls designed to ward off the assaults surround the Cité area. Numerous fascinating towers and other remarkable constructions are the key aspects of the walls. The distinguishing diversity in the walls clearly shows that as they were constructed in various periods time. With red bricks and terracotta tile roofs, one construction is particularly medieval while the other is Roman construction.
For those who can bear the exhibits of torture tools which the Catholic Church originally used, ‘Musée de la Torture’ an exceptionally electrifying museum found in the one of the attractive towers, the ‘Inquisition Tower’. With having a place in UNECO’s World Heritage List, with 53 towers the splendid wall of Carcassonne is stretched for 3km. A range of leather goods and handicrafts are sold at the smalls shops in the narrow paved streets. La Bastide Saint Louis, one of the Cité’s attractions is one of France’s biggest bastides. Moreover, dating back to the 11th and 14th centuries, the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, a cathedral is worth a visit, which is considered to be Cité’s jewel.
Built in the 12th century Ville de Carcassonne, the historic fortress is more stunning attraction than the huge walls. The heart of medieval Carcassonne, this castle is extremely stunning and remarkably well preserved. The castle and other parts of Carcassonne can be visited in the detail with help of guides. A horse-drawn coach tour of Old Carcassonne can prove to be the best way to explore the history. A twenty minutes tour of medieval city on train will be appropriate for those wish a quick sightseeing tour.
Fascinating Museums like, Museum of Fine Arts displaying 17th to 19th century European paintings, Memorial house exhibiting the works Joë Bousquet, are considered to the attractions of Carcassonne. An extensive collection of objects from this age, as well as costumes and weapons with a Roman Medieval Walled city’ scale model are exhibited at the Museum of the Middle Ages. From the years Jules Ferry, documents, school furniture and additional objects are displayed at The School Museum.
A tremendous variety of restaurants and shopping opportunities are available for tourists in the area of Ville Basse. The boat sails at the Canal du Midi and River Aude are also the attractions of Carcassonne. Back in 18th Century, for transport purposes Atlantic was linked to the Mediterranean in the form of Canal du Midi which surely an engineering marvel but it is only used for leisure now a days. The tourist offices at Bastide St-Louis and Carcassonne Airport can provide more detailed information about the nearby attractions/places to see.