South West France is known for its beauty so why not discover one its true highlights: the historical city of Carcassonne. Not only is Carcassone one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world but choose to venture outside the city and you will be treated to breathtaking countryside and delicious wine.
The city is split into two: the fortified Cité de Carcassonne on the top of the hill, and the Ville Basse sprawling below. Many visitors prefer to begin by marvelling at the history of the Cité, whose ancient cobbled streets which have been used since Roman times. Carcassonne is home to some truly magnificent churches, so it is well worthwhile visiting a few. If you have to choose one, then the imposing Basilique St-Nazaire with its beautiful interior and fantastic rose windows should be at the top of your list.
Head across the river to spend some time in the Ville Basse. It's here that you can find the thriving heart of the city, the Place Cornet, filled with charming French bars, restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the tranquil pace of this southern French city before exploring some of the wonderful boutiques also found within the New Town. Alternatively, you can explore the city’s museums; the Museum of Fine Arts boasts a superb collection of works by renowned European artists, while the School Museum allows visitors a glimpse into what life was like in a 19th century classroom.
From the airport, you can be transported to Toulouse, France’s fourth largest city. Here as you wander around the La Ville Rose, or Pink City, you will be treated to art, history and the Basilique Saint-Sernin, Europe’s largest Romanesque church. However, Toulouse is not the only fantastic destination close by — there are many charming vineyards and villages scattered throughout the area.
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