'''Carcassonne''' is a city in south-west [[France]]
.[[ Image:Carcassonne cite france.jpg|thumb|500px| Medieval Cite of Carcassonne at Night]]
Carcassonne station on the [[Bordeaux]]
/ [[Sète]] and Carcassonne - [[Rivesaltes]] SNCF lines.
High speed '''TGV''' trains
between [[Lille]], [[Bruxelles]], [[Dijon]], [[Lyon]], [[Marseille]] and [[Toulouse]] call at Carcassone. Slower '''Corail Téoz''' between [[Bordeaux]], [[Marseille]], [[Nice]] and [[Paris]] towards [[Cerbère]] and [[Port-Bou]] (and overnight '''Corail Lunéa''' couchette trains between [[Paris]] and [[Cerbère]] / [[Port-Bou]]) also stop.
An extensive network of frequent, modern and comfortable regional services are provided by SNCF's TER Languedoc-Roussillon [http://www.ter-sncf.com/Regions/languedoc_roussillon/fr/], with services to [[Toulouse]], [[Narbonne]], [[Marseille]], [[Cerbère]], [[Perpignan]], [[Limoux]] and [[Quillan]].
'''Carcassonne Airport''' (IATA: CCF) is 3km from the centre of Carcassonne. Ryanair [http://www.ryanair.com/]
serve the airport to/from [[Brussels]]( [[Charleroi]]) [[Cork]], [[Dublin]], [[ Nottingham]], [[Glasgow]] (Prestwick), [[ Leeds]]/[[Bradford]], [[ Liverpool]], [[ London]] ( Stansted) , and [[Porto]]. A shuttle bus to the city centre via [[Chénier]] SNCF station ( €5) meets every flight .
There is no left luggage at the train station.
You can leave your luggage at Hotel La Bastide Saint Louis (42 rue Barbes 11000 Carcassonne) for 1/2 day : €3 - Day : €5
Useful if you want visit Carcassonne city before your trip back from Carcassonne airport.
Historic fortress (built upon ruins predating Christianity) . Carcassonne is an amazingly well preserved medieval fortress that was featured in the movie , Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves. Ville de Carcassonne is a beautiful castle and is the centerpiece of the medieval Carcassonne. It is a lovely place but can get very crowded at the height of the season.
Medieval jousting displays are held twice a day between the two walls. Whilst this may sound like a typical tourist activity, this is actually a very impressive and entertaining display of horsemanship and combative competition. Entry is
€10 for adults as of Summer 2008 - certainly one of best €10 that we we spent on our Summer trip.
If you're up to it, the Torture Museum is also worth a visit. It's small but filled with torture instruments from the Middle Ages. Not for the squeamish!
The eating places get crowded and the prices charged can be a bit over the top. My advice is to eat away from the cite, perhaps in the lower town, or better in one of the enchanting villages away from Carcassonne. Cassoulet will fill you full of beans and sausage in addition to the meat in there!!
If you just wanna eat cheap, then the bars around the train station ( La gare) should be good enough. There are also quite a few restaurants clustered around the main square in the Cite, the majority of which have outside tables so you can people-watch and enjoy the buzz of the square on a summers evening!
If your budget permits you, there are several excellent restaurants in the Cite, serving really good regional food. Among them are La Barbacane, Chez Saskia, Restaurant Comte Roger and the Brasserie le Donjon. These all serve divine food and the service is as you would expect - impeccable. As well as cassoulet, foie gras is a speciality of the region so expect it to be on most menus.
Be careful to not get to the town late when your hotels are far away from the city centre, because it is difficult to get a taxi.
The hotels around the train station are convenient but better book it earlier in the high season.
* '''Hotel de la Cite''' [http://www.hoteldelacite.com] is the most historical, luxurious, (and most expensive), hotel in Carcassonne. Operated by Orient Express Hotels.
*'''Camping LA CITE ''' by the river, overlooked by the castle, signposted from the town centre; well facilitated (tennis grounds and pool) with a path running into the city, does get fairly crowded in the summer. [http://www.campinglacite.com/] (in french)