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Many people are familiar with Carcassonne because of a board game that is based on this region, located in Southern France. It is a fortified city that is located in a very strategic location – on the isthmus between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Many come to see the medieval fortress that was privately restored and made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, but there is more than an ancient site to explore when you go to this city.
The Wine Making Here Is Spectacular!
To be fair, France in itself is a wine making region of incredible proportions. The French lead the world in both overall wine production and in wine consumption! Some regions, however, are better than other regions and although tastes vary on the individual, the Languedoc-Rousillon region is consistently one of the best. With over 740,000 acres of total vineyard space in the region, it is one of the world’s leaders in overall grape production.
Cheese, olive oils, and pies are also incredible parts of this culture. A visit to Carcassonne will be one that is dominated with good food, good spirits, and good company! For that reason alone, a prolonged stay here is well worth the cost.
The Views From the Château de Quéribus Are Breathtaking!
Listed on historical registers since 1907, the Château de Quéribus is one of 5 hillside castles that were constructed to help protect France’s border from the Spanish until the border was moved. All 5 deserve consideration for a visit, especially if you love to see a good castle, but the Château de Quéribus will provide you with the best views. It is very high compared to the surrounding topography, so catching a sunrise or sunset here will definitely be an incredible memory!
Lac de la Cavayere Provides an Afternoon Away
This lake is rather large and provides visitors with the chance to find a quiet spot of beach to enjoy a warm French afternoon. A trip to the Mediterranean Sea isn’t out of the question because of Carcassonne’s proximity, but for those who don’t wish to make the drive. Lac de la Cavayere is a viable alternative.
Make sure you bring a picnic or some supplies along with you as the area itself is fairly isolated. You can hop onto the bus to come out to the lake if you prefer, though many simply rent a vehicle to drive. Be prepared for a hike either way – there is some distance from the car park to the lake itself. Once you get there, however, the reward will become evident!
Carcassonne might not be the top city on everyone’s itinerary to visit, but it does have a wide array of sights to see that make it the perfect city to visit. Castles, beaches, history, and wine come together to make for a fun, memorable visit that will have you quickly craving the chance to come back and visit once again!
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