Flights to Carcassonne

Magical, medieval Carcassonne lies perched on a rocky hilltop in the Languedoc region of France. With its outline of battlements and castles, fortified walls and slender turrets, it sits like a location from a Brother’s Grimm fairytale.

This storybook town is a UNESCO world heritage site thanks to its spectacular walled ‘Cite’. While in the summer it can resemble Disneyland thanks to the many tourist stalls and attractions that open up there, in quieter months it is a breath-taking trip back in time.

The ramparts with their turrets and towers are the entry point into the town. Within its walls the Chateau Comtal, a 12th century masterpiece, is one of Europe’s oldest and finest medieval remains. The Church of Saint Nazaire is a Romanesque and Gothic beauty that must be explored while the Cathedral of Saint Michael, dating from 1247, has spectacular stained glass windows dating from the 14th century.

Lively markets are great for bagging a bargain on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while the charming local cafes and brasseries are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a taste of the regions famous cassoulet and fois gras.

Those with nerves and stomachs of steel should visit the hair-raising Torture Museum or alternatively cheer on a side at one of the twice daily jousting competitions held in the Citadel. For a slower pace, a boat tour along the Canal du Midi is the ideal way to unwind and be a tourist from afar. With three famous wines grown in the local area, a wine tasting tour is highly recommended and a great way of seeing the beautiful surrounding countryside.

A visit to Carcassonne evokes the magical folklore and tales of old; of knights with swords and armour. Perhaps this is why it inspired Walt Disney’s castle for Sleeping Beauty.

The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Carcassonne Airport is located approximately 1.5 miles from the centre of Carcassonne and can be reached by car in 10 minutes. A local shuttle bus service operates ever 30 minutes from the airport, coinciding with departure and arrival of local flights. Alternatively, taxis are available for hire outside the terminal building.

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (€)

Visas: No visas are required by UK or EU nationals to enter France, however a passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy of from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: The legal age for consuming alcohol in France is 16 for wine and beer and 18 for spirits. There is a smoking ban in force in all public places including bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels and public transport.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Carcassonne is undoubtedly in the early summer or in the autumn. June and July are the hottest months but they are also the busiest with tourists flocking to the area. Early summer and autumn are still beautifully warm and balmy with fewer people crowding the streets.

Fetes and festivals liven up the month of March while the Carcassonne Festival of Dance and Music takes place in July. Bastille Day Fireworks illuminate the skies in July while the Medieval Festival kicks off in August, showcasing the best of the town.

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