|Travel with us: CARCASSONNE|
Travelling along the tranquil roads of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, flanked by vines and olive groves, following the course of the river Aude, the rocky garrison of Carcassonne suddenly appears like a mirage from bygone times.
Carcassonne The CitĂ©, enclosed by three kilometres of turreted fortifications, rises majestically on a reddish promontory surrounded by endless rows of vines. Over the centuries, nature, art and history have combined to produce this wonderful site. Situated at the border between France and Spain, the city is the gate to the Pyrenees, a bastion above the Mediterranean, and for centuries, due to its strategic importance, it was the scene of terrible battles and bitter disputes. From Roman times until the 14th century, Carcassonne was forged brick by brick until it became a perfect example of military architecture, yet its defensive function never compromised the overall harmony of its structure. To visit Carcassonne is to become immersed in the magic and wonder of an enchanted city; stroll calmly along the narrow streets and crowded squares with their colourful bistros and cafĂ©s, browse in little old-fashioned shops, or stop to admire delightful sights and scenes that recall times long gone. Approach the ChĂ˘teau Comtal from the steep Rue Cros-Mayrevieille with its series of beautiful old pastel coloured faĂ§ades decorated with flowers, historic signs and lacy decorative work. Walk around the mighty fortified geometric structures, and one can still imagine the noise of the battles, the screams of rage and the agony of war as Carcassonne echoes with an eternal warning for humanity.