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Carcassonne Bastide – the 800 year old ‘New town’

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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

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What to see and do in Bastide Saint-Louis Carcassonne