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Carcassonne sits in the very heart of the Cathar Country. Its two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the medieval city and the Canal du Midi, take you right back to the 12th century. The key sites of the Cathar Country, the castles and abbeys, reflect a rich cultural history. It spans from the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees and is home to an outstanding range of landscapes and natural sites.

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Abbot Saunière centenary in Rennes-leChâteau

Priest Bérenger Saunière, who died 100 years ago, has certainly left a mark on Rennesle-Château. Various conspiracy theories on alleged buried  treasure  discovered by him have certainly grabbed the attention of many and made this small French hilltop village internationally famous.

Windsurf World Cup

The ‘Mondial du Vent’ Windsurf World Cup (11 – 17th April) in Leucate has made a name for itself as THE flagship event for surf sports in France and in Europe. Each year, it welcomes the best international windsurf and kitesurf champions.

Carcassonne festival

In July, Carcassonne will host a not-to-bemissed music festival combining an exciting DJ line-up with exclusive live performances right in the heart of the Carcassonne medieval castle. A stunning backdrop for an amazing music rendezvous.

The Canal du Midi

The 240m Canal du Midi, linking Carcassonne and Narbonne, is a unique architectural heritage with its 350 locks, bridges, an aqueduct, and a towpath lined with trees. It is the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking. Using the ‘Canal du Midi’ app, you will be guided along the highlights. Just choose your route and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage.


Discover the centre of the Carcassonne medieval city; enjoy free entry to its museums, its 18th century mansions, and a colourful market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays


  • 31 March – 02 April European art and crafts days at the Carcassonne castle
  • 29 – 30 April Medieval-themed event ‘Cortezia in Carcassonne’
  • 14 July Some of the most beautiful fireworks on Bastille Day in Carcassonne
  • 27 – 29 July & 09 – 10 August Unusual art film festival – Rennes-le-Château
  • 29 September – 01 October Convenanza music festival

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