Carcassonne is a medieval fortified city in a perfect state of conservation. Its cobblestone streets dare you to walk them and discover all the remnants that make this a UNESCO World Heritage site. The best you can do is visit the wall area on foot, but Carcassonne has other places where biking is almost a must-do.
Our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains take you to this city in the Occitanie region from some of the major cities in Spain. If you are travelling with children, in Carcassonne you will find interesting plans on two wheels that the little ones will love.
Carcassonne is a great destination to visit with kids. Its medieval quarters and fortress will amaze them to the point that they will feel like in one of their fairy tales. But that is not all, because, in fact, this city offers biking tours for grown-ups and kids to enjoy. Discover it by bike!
Canal du Midi route
Travel the Canal du Midi by water or land
If you want to enjoy a family day on two wheels, Canal du Midi is a good starting point. It is also called “The Channel of the Two Seas,” since it was a project designed to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. Nowadays, it is a beautiful path that can be travelled both by boat and by bicycle, since it has a bike path for that purpose. The route starts close to the train station and can be extended as far as your energy allows. The path that leads to Trébes is, quite simply, magnificent.
Route to the Saint Hilaire abbey
Another biking excursion in Carcassonne that is among the most popular is the one that takes you to the Saint Hilaire abbey, located a bit over 20 kilometers (12.4 mi) from the former. To do it, you need to ride parallel to the Lauquet River until you reach this old, 8th-century Benedictine abbey. The distance may be scary at first, but as soon as you go deep into the characteristic Occitan landscapes, you will see it was worth it.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Carcassonne from its wall
Panoramic View of Carcassonne
The walled city of Carcassonne may not be the best place to ride a bike, though that does not mean that you can’t enjoy amazing views of the city while pedaling. There are many paths in the city that guarantee an easy and smooth ride, as you enjoy beautiful vistas of its old quarters. Along the road, you can go across La Bastide Saint-Louis, as you pedal by the coastline of the Aude River. This urban biking trail will let you see Carcassonne from a different perspective. Without a doubt, an interesting way to learn about its rich heritage without the kids getting bored!
Our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains connect several Spanish cities with Carcassonne. Now you can get to this, and other destinations in France at high speed. Welcome aboard!