Transportation To Carcassonne For Hiking and Biking In Southern France
Air Transportation To Carcassonne
Carcassonne Airport (CCF) is served by Ryanair out of Stansted London (STN) and reaches Carcassonne for $290 USD or 205 Euros.
They serve from London, Liverpool, Midlands, Shannon, Frankfort, and Brussels.
The Canal du Midi is a 17th Century link between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea that provides tour barges and tree-lined walkways on both sides for biking and hiking.
Carcassonne Photos by Willy Scholliers
Carcassonne in the Languedoc region of south France between Toulouse and Narbonne is a great visit. The old walled city of Carcassonne, a Gothic and Medieval city is comprised of two miles of walls. Perched high on a hill and capped by 56 towers. The fort gives you a view of the Pyrenees Mountains and the border with Spain.
Two towns comprise Carcassonne, one the walled City on a hill and the other a town below that spans the River Aude.
The lower town is a 13 the century settlement designed in a grid-like pattern surrounded by walls.
The first settlement in the area dates to the Gauls of the 9th to the 6th century BC and the region was later inhabited by the Romans around the 1st century BC.
Most of what is visible today is a nineteenth century restoration ( 1853) by Eugene Viollet-le-Duc that some said was heavy-handed. Most of the walls and towers are original, however, as can be seen by archival paintings done before the restoration. Without this work the walls would have been destroyed.
Barges make tours of the canal
Carcassonne in the Languedoc region of south France between Toulouse and Narbonne is a great place to visit for hiking, biking, canal barge trips and sightseeing in the historic city.
Hiking in the nearby hills
Many daily TGV trains from Paris (CDG.or in the city). Some trains reach Carcassonne direct ly others reach Montpellier and Toulouse, two cities not far from Carcassonne where you make a change of trains. From there, after a change of trains, you will reach Carcassone in five to seven hours.
Perpignan if coming from the south
Narbonne: close to Carcassonne south of Montpellier.
By car from Paris, head for Orleans on the A-10 a high speed toll road for the most part. Then find the A-20 high speed toll road towards Toulouse and then the A-61 to Carcassonne, a distance of 770 Km or about 460 miles: a seven to ten hour trip
Paris: The best bet from Paris is to take the TGV train from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Toulouse or the City of Montpellier where you change trains unless your trip is direct to Carcassonne. At any of the hub cities you could rent a vehicle and continue on to Carcassone.
Option: take bus or conventional train service from Toulouse or Montpellier. These two cities have international airports and could offer a direct flight. into or out of France.
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns. Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
Information for those renting a vehicle in France
Transportation To Carcassonne For Hiking and Biking for hiking and biking beside the canal and there are barge cruises on the canal. Flights by Ryan Air reach Carcassonne
France is plentiful by TGV train, air, bus or rental car. The Canal du Midi is a great place for hiking and biking beside the canal and there are barge cruises on the canal. Flights by Ryan Air reach Carcassonne
Use these websites to buy Train tickets in England and France.
http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers en .voyages-sncf.com/en/ www.tgv-Europe.com
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|When To Go To Carcassonne, The South of France:
Mid March to Mid November is a good time to visit Carcassonne although October and November
will have more rainy days. Winter months are without snow but could be cold in higher elevations.
Carcassonne is about 400 feet above sea level. Carcassonne biking and hiking is good any season.
March, April (41f-60 f) and May(50f-70f) and the early part of June (60f-80f ) are less crowded and
pleasant times to visit. The end of June, and all of July and August (60f-80f) can be warm in the
mid-day and crowded at times as much of Europe takes its summer vacation. Much of France goes
on a six-week July August vacation and many people head south.
Summer months are warm and dry. September to mid November (40f-60f) offers fewer crowds and
good weather. Weather is ideal in May and June and September October, great months to visit.
Showers could come in any month but will be infrequent in the summer, more frequent in October.
Carcassonne is notable dry June, July, and August. Mid March to Mid November will find most
seasonal attractions open.
Carcassonne is in the Aude Department of Languedoc-Roussillon of Southern France. Carcassonne can be reached by TGV train from Paris, by high speed road, and by air.
Hiking, Biking, Vacation Rentals, Canal du Midi hiking and boat rides, are located within a short walk or drive from Carcassonne