Carcassonne Bastide – the 800 year old ‘New town’
Bastide Saint Louis (13th century) is a wonderful collection of shops, restaurants, townhouses, churches and even its own cathedral.
There is an open and covered market to explore, and a lovely central square (Place Carnot), home to the weekly farmers’ market and just a fabulous place to simply sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a coffee and croissant from the many coffee shops.
Even more reasons to visit us:
- Basilique Saint Nazaire (11c-13c) and its stained-glass windows (12c-16c)
- The count’s castle (11c-13c) with its rampart walk, museum and model of the city
- The old pedestrian bridge, once the only link between the upper and lower towns
- Bastide Saint Louis (13c) a thriving and bustling city with circa 50,000 residents
- The many superb sites, abbeys and castles, of the Pays Cathare around Carcassonne
- Wine estates that surround the medieval city where enthusiastic wine producers are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with visitors
- Festival de Carcassonne (June-August): theatre, circus, opera, classical music, dance and concerts, free to the public
- Canal du Midi, a major feat of engineering designed by Pierre Paul Riquet during the reign of Louis XIV (17c), linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic