Carcassonne has never been so close. In just a few hours, Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains can transport you to the mediaeval city of Carcassonne. Travel back to the days of the crusades. A great opportunity for a special weekend away with the family with something for both young and old.
An absolute must on any trip to Carcassonne is the Cité Médiévale - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two magnificent gates, the Porte Narbonnaise and the Porte d'Aude, welcome us into the history of the Cité. Wandering around and getting lost in its tiny squares is a dream come true. The city even offers a mediaeval adventure: the “Moyen âge en scène”. Different interactive workshops take place every day in the Cité which bring the Middle Ages to life.
After enjoying some games with the horses, why not discover what there is beyond the Cité walls? Go for a walk, grab a bike or even sail along the Canal du Midi - all you need to do is choose how you would like to travel.
On foot, you might decide to walk to the “La Cavayere” lake along the GR36. It's the ideal place to go with kids thanks to its open areas and opportunities for play: mini-golf, volleyball, skating, etc. Or you might want to just enjoy a picnic on the banks of the lake.
You might want instead to go from Carcassonne to Trèbes, leaving the train station and walking along the canal with its peace and tranquillity and with views of the impressive locks. Enjoy a walk around the town of Trèbes and then return to Carcassonne by bus.
For the experts, we recommend the GR 78, the “Piémont Pyrénéen” track, which is actually part of the Camino towards Santiago de Compostela.
What could be better than to take a bicycle and ride along the banks of the canal? Easy and accessible for the younger ones and the shade from the trees and the pleasant atmosphere just draw you in. There are also guided tours where you can learn more about Carcassonne and the surrounding areas. You can even take along your own bike on the train if you want. If not, there are places where you can rent them.
On the canal. No special license is required to take a boat on the canal which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. What could be more relaxing than sailing on calm waters through the locks which slow the pace of life down to a crawl. A true oasis of calm. Boats can be rented for hours or weeks - don't miss out on this opportunity to be the Captain of a boat with the kids! If you don't feel up to that, you can always take one of the guided boat tours which leave from the port in Carcassonne.