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Escape to the South of France

By Emma Mykytyn on 12th June 2014

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    The city of Carcassonne is within easy reach, budget airlines land at the
    local airport a mere 20 min bus ride away. With four million visitors to
    the medieval cité alone it can get busy.  However, cross the bridge and
    there's a whole other city to explore too.

    Where to stay

    If you want the full medieval experience, head to cite and Hotel de la
    citie, located between the Basilica St Nazaire and the Château Comtal.
    Doubles from £226.  More budget minded head to the Adonis Carcassonne
    Residence de la Barbacane, just outside the city walls. Doubles from £45.

    What to see

    Rue de Verdun is the main road through the new town, venture off this to
    find bakeries, shops and museums. The main tourist information centre is
    at 28 Rue de Verdun.

    The central squares Place Carnot, has bars and coffee shops of you are in
    need of a pick me up.   On Saturday mornings it holds a local food market.

    Canal du Midi, UNESCO rated.  You can walk, bike or boat it along the
    canal from here, beautiful countryside and engineering await.

    Visit the gruesome Musée de l’Inquisition (17 Rue du Grand Puits; Not for sensitive children.

    Cheer up with some "chocolate olives" biscuits and other sweets from La
    Cure Gourmand  (5/7 Rue Cros Mayrevieille)

    Where to eat

    Lunch at Franck Putelet, Le Parc (Chemin des Anglais; 0033 468 718080;
    www.restaurantleparcfranck  It is a five-minute drive from
    the citadel and has outdoor seating for a leisurely lunch.  Two Michelin
    star dining from €59 make this unmissable.

    Head to Place Marcou in the cité and order cassoulet, a hefty Languedocian
    meat stew with white haricot beans, as you soak up the centuries-old

    Hope this entices :)

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