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About Carcassonne

The medieval town of Carcassonne looks like one giant fairytale castle: its 53 towers, protected by tall, fortified walls, sit atop a hill, surrounded by gorgeous rows of grape vines. If you're just looking for accommodation recommendations go straight to our guru's list. Otherwise, here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Carcassonne to enjoy them.

There's been a town, or fortification, on this hilltop since about 100BC, but the last major work took place in the 13th Century. And by the 1800s Carcassonne had been largely forgotten and left to crumble… But as soon as the powers that be proposed its demolition people took affront, and the public uproar ensured it was repaired and became the famous heritage listed town of today.

The majority of the best places to stay in Carcassonne aren't actually in the old town. Partly because there aren't too many accommodation options within the walls.

Carcassonne is very beautiful at night. Especially if you're here in the summer when it's inundated with festivals of all shapes and sizes. But if you're looking for the town's real magic then come out of season when you'll have the place a little more to yourself.


  • Wander through the winding, twisted alleyways of the medieval town where tiny houses crouch together around grand churches. You may just find you recognise a sight or two from the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?
  • The Basilique St. Nazarine, with its impressive rose windows and its grand organ, are definitely worth a look.
  • Visit during any of the one hundred different festivals that are held here annually to see the city at its liveliest.
  • Take a walk around the picturesque Lac de la Cavayer located just outside the city.

Don't forget to plan well ahead. In the busy summer months it can be very hard to find a bed in the best places to stay in Carcassonne!

For a central location

  • If you want to stay in its medieval heart then the best place to stay in Carcassonne is at 42 Rue Victor Hugo. Obviously accommodation is limited by the size and shape of the original medieval buildings, but this gorgeous B&B has three good sized boutique apartments. Their decor is lovely - all high ceilings, parquet floors and fancy fireplaces. With self catering options this is also a good choice for families.
  • The next best thing to staying within the walls must be staying beside the walls? And if this wonderful view sounds appealing to you then one of the best places to stay in Carcassonne is the Hotel de Chateau. Surprisingly modern inside, the hotel's garden leads right up to the medieval ramparts, so you can enjoy the view from the comfort of the very modern pool and deck.

For romantic getaways

  • If you're planning a romantic break the Hotel de la Cite will fit the bill nicely. Nestled into the ramparts, this charming, ivy covered building has wonderfully traditional features which have been retained and sumptuously added to. With its Michelin star restaurant this is also one of the best places to stay in Carcassonne for foodies.

Best for under 100

  • Ecuries de Sainte Croix is an intimate rustic stone farmhouse just outside Carcassonne. With only three rooms this is a tranquil hideaway.
  • The picture perfect sandstone country house, La Bastide Saint Martin, offers very reasonably priced rooms and a charmingly relaxed atmosphere.

Slightly out of town

  • The Chateau de Cavanac is an ivy covered rural retreat, with plenty of space for a pool and tennis court. With rooms starting from less than £60 a night this is also one of the best places to stay in Carcassonne if you're on a budget.
  • Just out of the Ville Basse, you'll find La Bastide Saint Martin. It's an understated country villa with just 15 rooms, and large grounds. So if you're travelling with a family who likes to spread out then this is certainly one to bear in mind.
  • Located just 5 minutes from the city centre, the Chateau de Palaja, mixes traditional charm with contemporary style. With a laid-back feel this is an ideal spot for groups of friends and families.

Best historic properties

  • B&B Demeure Saint Louis is an 18th century guesthouse located just outside the medieval city. Interiors are everything you want from a french property, chintz fabrics, sash windows and intricate antique furniture

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer to book a villa or apartment, we recommend you visit our online booking partner,, where you'll find a wide range from budget to boutique.

Travel information

  • Fly to Carcassonne Airport located just 3.5km west of Carcassonne or take one of the high speed trains running from Lille, Bruxelles, Dijon, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.
  • Best time to visit - For the least chance of rain and maximum sunshine visit Carcassonne between the months of May and September where temperatures range from 21°C - 29°C.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partnerRentalcars for the best prices.

Still not sure?

  • Look further afield and check out all our recommendations in the Aude or the Langeudoc.
  • or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Carcassonne

  • Chateau de Cavanac Carcassonne (Languedoc Roussillon) 27 rooms from £59

    Sights nearby  -  Ideal base for exploring Carcassonne
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Stunning ivy covered country house with an excellent restaurant. Bedrooms, suites and family rooms with four poster beds, fireplaces and tapestries. Beautiful grounds and terraces, swimming pool, billiards and a tennis court. Great for families, groups, and foodies. Excellent value. See More

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  • Ecuries de sainte Croix Carcassonne 3 rooms from £65

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside Carcassonne. Great base for discovering the region

    A gorgeously rustic stone farmhouse B&B just outside Carcassonne. The perfect spot for a more relaxed holiday for families, groups of friends, or romantic getaways. Three simple rooms and two cottages. Very charming. See More

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  • La Bastide Saint Martin Carcassonne (Avenue de Saint-Martin) 15 rooms from £74

    Swimming Pool  -  12x6 outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    A pretty sandstone country house with blue shutters. Rustic rooms and family suites with stone floors, wooden beds, and doors that lead into the garden. A luxurious swimming pool and sun deck for lounging. Ideal relaxation for families, groups, or couples. See More

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  • Les Chambres d'Aime Carcassonne 5 rooms from £88

    Local exploring  -  The house is located in the heart of downtown Carcassonne, ideal for exploring its cultural sights, bars and restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Saint Michel Cathedral and Place Carnot, and opposite the house is the Maison du Sénéchal
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A large 19th century stone house in the historic centre of Carcassonne. The charming hosts provide a generous breakfast and there is a relaxing terrace and pool area for lounging about in the sun. Tasteful rooms have whitewashed walls, antiques and large sash windows. A stylish base. See More

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  • Chateau de Palaja Carcassonne (Palaja) 12 rooms from £104

    Sights nearby  -  Just five minutes from the centre of Carcassonne
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool

    A beautiful white stone castle with a house party feel. Simple, modern rooms and suites with wooden beamed ceilings and white washed walls. Great restaurant, extensive gardens with a swimming pool, and a spa. A great choice for families or groups of friends. See More

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  • Domaine Michaud Carcassonne (Roullens) 6 rooms from £113

    Total relaxation  -  With a tranquil rural location offering a pool and hot tub all nestled in beautiful rugged landscapes perfect for relaxation
    Groups  -  The hotel owners offer exclusive use of their property for corporate events, private parties and weddings
    Local exploring  -  Languedoc-Roussillon possesses a wealth of historical and cultural gems
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famed medieval city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO-listed heritage site of stunning beauty
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    This pleasant B&B is nestled in beautiful French countryside offering views of Carcassonne and the Pyrenees. The charming rooms feature antique wood furnishings, exposed beams and old-stone walls. Offering a continental breakfast and a pool and hot tub set in the quaint garden. A beautiful location. See More

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  • B&B Demeure Saint Louis Carcassonne 5 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Only a ten minute walk from the ancient walls of Carcassonne's medieval centre.
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy the stunning garden or take a long walk around the ancient citadel.
    Full of character

    A stunning 18th century guesthouse, just outside the medieval city of Carcassonne. The spacious and comfortable rooms are traditionally decorated and boast en suite bathrooms. Enjoy breakfast in the elegant dining room, or in the leafy garden- perfect for sitting out and enjoying the weather. See More

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  • 42 Rue Victor Hugo Carcassonne 3 rooms from £126

    Cooking classes  -  Explore the markets and then cook your goodies
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of the old town
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Gorgeous B&B with three huge boutique apartments. High ceilings, richly painted walls, parquet floors, and fireplaces. A sumptuous spot with self-catering options and close to restaurants, markets, and the sights of Carcassonne. See More

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  • Hotel du Chateau Carcassonne 16 rooms from £165

    Sights nearby  -  Located next to the chateau in central Carcassonne. Walking distance to all the major attractions in the city.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Medieval exteriors and contemporary interiors at this chic hotel within the castle's ramparts. Rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings, exposed stone, and rich silk fabrics. Enjoy indulgent pampering from the spa, and relax on the terraces or by the swimming pool. See More

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  • Hotel de la Cite Carcassonne 61 rooms from £179

    Outstanding location  -  Atop the medieval walls of Carcassonne.
    Foodies  -  Michelin star.
    Romantic Break
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Utterly romantic, utterly unique. A hotel nestled in the ramparts of Carcassonne's citadel and surrounded by beautiful gardens. A fairytale building with turrets, exquisite bedrooms, a Michelin star restaurant, and a swimming pool. A special spot for anyone who can afford it. See More

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  • Le Parc Hotel Carcassonne 7 rooms from £208

    Foodies  -  Housing a two star Michelin restaurant which offers innovative modern French cuisine.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Chateau Comtal, an expansive castle dating back to the 12th century.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A contemporary hotel located just outside the medieval city of Carcassonne. Chic accommodation offers expansive glass sliding doors leading onto a private terrace and garden along with every modern luxury. The restaurant is the real star of the show however, boasting two Michelin stars. See More

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  • Pont Levis Hotel Carcassonne 12 rooms from £191

    Active Holiday  -  Carcassonne lies on the Cathar Castle trail which afford plenty of hiking possibilities around the surrounding countryside
    City Style  -  Carcassonne is a vibrant cultural hub and the hotel is placed at the center of this ancient city's contemporary lifestyle
    Local exploring  -  Within 50m's of La Porte Narbonnaise and commanding views of Carcassone's historic old town, a UNESCO site
    Great walks  -  Carcassonne lies on the Cathar Castle Trail that affords great hiking trails and spectacular medieval castles

    Previously an inn and museum, this slick hotel overlooks the fortified walls of Carcassonne and fits into the city's ancient heritage. The rooms have an edgy modern decor and come with en suite bathrooms. There is an outdoor pool and buffet breakfast served daily. Perfect for visiting Carcassonne. See More

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  • Le Domaine d'Auriac Carcassonne 24 rooms from £238

    Foodies  -  Housing the Bernard Rigaudis Restaurant which holds a Michelin star and serves undeniably fantastic regional cuisine.
    Golf  -  Play a round on the hotel's own 18 hole course.
    Great walks  -  Explore the surrounding vineyards on long walks starting straight from the property.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Chateau Comtral dating back to the 12th century.

    A luxury hotel set in a tranquil spot just minutes from the medieval city of Carcassonne. Elegant rooms are classical in style with floor to ceiling windows, floral motifs, high ceilings and antiques. Boasting both a golf course and a Michelin starred restaurant, this is an indulgent break. See More

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