Carcassonne is easily reachable by aeroplane, with low-cost flights from all major European cities including London , Dublin , Glasgow and Charleroi (Belgium). It is also easy to reach by SNCF (France’s major train network) and by road. It is one hour's drive from the Spanish border, making it a really central place to stay. Once arrived and settled, most attractions in and around Carcassonne are accessible by bus, or a short boat trip along the Canal du Midi. If you have the option of bringing a car, this opens up even more avenues of exploration. The beautiful lake, Lac de La Cavayère, is only a ten minute drive from your Campanile hotel Carcassonne.
There are over one hundred restaurants in Carcassonne delivering high-quality, traditional dishes and some thirty others offering more exotic choices. Carcassonne sits on the cusp of three different cuisines: fish and shellfish from the Mediterranean, cured meats from the Massif Central and preserved meats (such as foie gras) from the Gascogne region. With this delicate mix of flavours and textures, visitors are truly spoilt for choice. You are bound to find something delectable to suit any budget or taste.
The annual summer Carcassonne Festival has become one of the largest cultural events in France, offering two weeks of theatre, opera, dance and popular music. If you are taking a long break in the South of France, this is an experience not to be missed, providing you with a lasting impression of many different aspects of French culture and the arts.
The origin of the name Carcassonne is depicted in folklore as being derived from the phrase ‘Carcas sona’ – the ringing of bells, which once marked the end of a great siege upon the area. But with variations on this story coming from many different sources, even the city’s name is steeped in mystery, making it a fantastically interesting place to come and explore.