Medieval Citadel of Carcassonne

Ever wanted to visit a medieval castle? Well, Languedoc-Roussillon has more than its fair share of architectural history but the very best of all is La Cité de Carcassonne. Carcassonne is a complete early-medieval fortress, fully restored in the 19th century. Recognised as a UNESCO world-heritage site, La Cité is one of the most-visited tourist spots in France. Fortunately, it covers a very big area so you will never feel that it's too crowded. Explore the narrow, winding streets that have hardly changed in 800 years and survey the countryside and modern Carcassonne from the ramparts.
Inner castle of Carcassonne

The Cité is full of restaurants and bars, but the more historical attractions are just around the corner. There is a torture museum which explains in rather gory detail how transgressors of civil or religious law were dealt with. There is also an old school which is very interesting as it teaches you how schools used to be - a real eye-opener for kids nowadays! If you're feeling brave, then take a trip to the Haunted House. It's a great experience but is really scary, even the children's programme, so be careful who you take in there. 

There are often jousting exhibitions held in the ancient 'lices' (lists) which are great for all the family. If you are there over Christmas, then you might come across Santa riding on a donkey, giving out sweets and chocolate to the children! All in all, La Cité de Carcassonne is a reallygreat place to visit, you can learn so much and have tons of fun, no matter what your age! 

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