Carcassonne – The Jewel of Languedoc and the Canal du Midi
Daily excursions are a highlight of a canal or river barge cruise. When cruising in the south of France on the Canal du Midi, you are immersed in a region which offers natural beauty, a rich history, and many lovely villages and small towns to explore on foot or by bike.
Carcassonne – a Canal du Midi Barge Cruise Attraction
Carcassonne, a stunning fortified town that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a highlight of the Canal du Midi barge trips. Though people have been living on this site for millennia, since before Roman times, Carcassonne is mainly known as a prime example of a European medieval fortified town – maybe the best of its kind in all of Europe. It is amazingly well-preserved and is yours to explore with all of its ramparts and towers.
What is there to see and do in Carcassonne?
- Transport yourself to medieval times as you explore the amazing fortifications with its double walls and winding streets.
- Find the bust of Madame Carcas at the Narbonne gate and learn about the legend of how she saved Carcassonne from a siege ending in the joyous ringing of bells (“Carcas sona”)
- Step into the ancient and majestic Basilica of St. Nazaire. The grand organ and colorful windows can’t be missed. Simon de Montfort, leader of the crusade against the Cathars of Languedoc, was buried in the basilica before being moved by one of his sons.
- Visit Chateau Comtal and walk the ramparts for beautiful views of the countryside.
- Brave a visit to the Torture Museum, which displays a variety of medieval instruments of torture.
- Try some of the local dishes, including cassoulet, which combines sausage, duck, and beans.
Be sure to bring a camera with you and take lots of photos of the architectural details. Soak in the atmosphere and get transported to another era. Your tour guide with the barge will give your visit more meaning, as you’ll better understand the historical significance of this very strategic site.
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