There are certain places around the world, where you feel like time has stood still. Carcassonne in the south of France is one such place. Now the town centre itself may not seem overly special, but the town’s medieval hilltop citadel is another story. Found in the Occitanie region in a plain below the Pyrenees, Carcassonne is also close to the popular city of Toulouse. The town is pretty much in the perfect location to be included in a holiday through the south of France. If you’re not convinced, maybe these Carcassonne photos below will help.
I heard about the medieval citadel of Carcassonne in rather a strange way. You see, when I was young there was a Carcassonne board game, where you use tiles to strategically construct a medieval landscape. Ever since, I had the desire to visit the real life town. But Carcassonne is more than just a name of a boardgame.
In fact, Carcassonne is a modest town that hosts an immense medieval citadel drawn straight from fiction. A UNESCO recognised historical landmark, the citadel or Cité de Carcassonne, was once the site of the town before the modern town was built in the 13th century. Its fortifications date back to the 4th century when the Romans built them to defend the previously Gaulish town. Thanks to its location along historic borders, Carcassonne saw plenty of wars, passed hands many times and as such has a pretty intriguing story.