“Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral.” UNESCO
Carcassonne in the south of France is another of those memorable places where I spent several days just chilling out and taking a break from travel. I’d spent three months in Africa, followed by about a month travelling in Greece and Italy before I found myself staying – according to my imagination – in this fairy-tale castle.
The city of Carcassonne is divided into two main parts – Ville Basse (Lower City) and La Citè de Carcassonne. The latter is a fortified medieval walled city, which was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It has a double row of fortified walls, almost two miles long, and 56 watchtowers. La Citè sits majestically above the more modern Lower City, a settlement which gradually grew around the castle.