Since Pre-Roman times there has been a fortified settlement at Carcassonne. Nowadays you will find one of the most outstanding example of a medieval walled city in the world, which is visited by over 2 million people a year and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As well as exploring the ramparts and getting a real sense of what it must have been like in Medieval times, Carcassonne Cité is a good place to sample the local cuisine, there is always a host of activities taking place there and of course, one of the prettiest musical venues in France.
Carcassonne cité is also full of great little designer shops, glassware, local foods, wines and souvenirs.
About 50 minutes by car