Road Trip to Carcassonne

Looking over the rooftops of Carcassonne in France

The walled city of Carcassonne has been on my bucket list for a long time, and on this most recent visit to France we decided to go on a road trip from Montpellier and finally see it. It didn't disappoint either, in fact, it was more amazing that I could have imagined.

The walled city of Carcassonne in the south of france
The city was founded around 100 BC by the Romans, and has had an interesting history, which you can read more about here. People still live inside the medieval, walled city, along with businesses, restaurants, and museums which completely blows my mind.

Check out the little video montage from our visit:

There really isn't anything about Carcassonne that isn't spectacular, and the view from every angle is like something out of a fairytale. 

city of carcassonne in the south of france

If you're planning a visit I recommend putting aside several hours to wander the streets, have some lunch, and visit the paid museum areas as well.

Walking through the streets of Carcassonne France

I love the little glimpses you get into what it would have been like to live in Carcassonne, the vegetable gardens inside the city walls, the tapestries that might have hung over the windows to keep the wind out (and it is mighty windy all the way up in some of those turrets).

The gardens inside the walled city of Carcassonne in France

Looking down to the new city of carcassonne from the walled ancient city

city of carcassonne in the south of france

from where I stood. City of Carcassonne in the South of France

The surrounding French countryside is so lush, green and beautiful it is also worth renting a car and just getting lost for an afternoon. You never know what treasures you might find! 

city of carcassonne in the south of france

One last glimpse of the city across a field as we continue on our road trip. Goodbye Carcassonne, I hope to visit you again some day!

Looking across a vineyard to the walled city of Carcassonne in the South of France


  1. Wow what an amazing place in the Loire Valley! I must make it there someday. I love your photos, they capture the intensity of the structures. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Lex, I hope you do get a chance to visit, it's absolutely beautiful!

  2. Pretty place. Did I see big waves in the background?