History buffs rejoice, as the ancient city of Carcassonne is about to become your next travel destination. One of the largest surviving walled cities in Europe, yet tiny by today’s standards, it’s situated just south west of Toulouse. What this UNESCO World Heritage Site might lack in size, it certainly makes up for in history.
At its centre is La Cité, the medieval citadel that sits atop a hill within the ancient city walls. With over 2,500 years’ worth of history contained within these 3km long double walls (complete with 52 towers) its story begins in Roman times.
But venture outside of these old walls, and you’ll find an abundance of characterful architecture that’s relatively ‘new’, as the New Town dates back to the Middle Ages. Coffee shops, boutiques and fine restaurants abound here, so if you’re looking for history with a side of culture, you’ve certainly found it.
Also of note, in nearby Aude, why not visit a sunny vineyard and partake in a wine tour? Go on, you know you want to!