Carcassonne

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  1. robrace

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    going to France for 3 weeks in June.Got down as far as Rocamadour last year then run out of time to go further south to Carcassonne.This year going to try and get there.Anywhere else either on the way or near that we should also head for.Was going to stop over at Le Puy do Fou but booked up in June for the cinescenie.so may be next year.
     
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    We stopped off at Millau last time we were in Carcassonne, the viaduct is fantastic and it's a lovely old town.
     
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    You'd find plenty to do at Puy du Fou without the Cinescenie.We've visited the park on several occasions and only seen the evening show once. It is spectacular but then so is the whole experience. Last year we stayed for a couple of nights on the aire next to the park. Its huge and busy but very convenient. It was a very short cycle/walk to the park and it meant that we could manage a morning and afternoon visit and the dog wasn't left too long in the van. Our only problem was that the dog was very disturbed by the firework rehearsals for the night-time show so we left early before the real thing.
    I think we visited the birds 3 times, and amazing spectacle.
    We've also visited Carcassonne on a couple of occasions but only stayed for a day each time.
     
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    A visit to the medieval cathedral is a must. (y)(y)(y)
     
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    Sarlat-le-Caneda is unusual - looks modern in the middle but step off the main shopping street to either side and you go back 300 years. Aire at the top end of town, near the cemetery.

    Cahors is worth a quick look - unusual medieval bridge and a French Resistance Museum in the town, plus other historic stuff. You can park a MH overnight in one of the car parks just south of the river in the summer months.

    Carcassonne can get blistering hot in summer - the hottest we've been in the MH so far was on the aire outside the citadel in August. It's become increasingly commercial in recent years but is still well worth looking round, as not all of it is infested with plastic knights and wooden swords - yet. God forbid that it goes the same way as Mont St Michel.

    On our last Carcassonne trip we took a short detour south to the village of Lagrasse, which allows overnight MH parking in a grassy car park on the outskirts. Nice spot, different to most.

    Below Perpignan and just short of the Spanish border is the quaint coastal village of Collioure. It has a bit of character compared to most. Aire above the village near to the main road, with a shuttle bus service included in the ticket cost.
     
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    Arles great amphitheatre. Then go to st Marie de la mar beach on the campsite and nice little town to walk about
     
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    You could also try one of the pyrenean chateaux

    http://www.chateau-peyrepertuse.com/

    or a jaunt into Andorra. -

    Albi is a nice stop off - aire right next to the worlds largest brick built cathedral.

    If you do go via Millau - Gorges du tarn is a must see.
     
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    Not much further than Rocamadour is St. Cirq Lapopie. Nice old town. Good aire and you can swim in the river Lot if it's too hot.
     
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    Do not be tempted to take the Petit Train tour of Carcassonne.

    We usually do this during any visit but at Carcassonne it consisted of an external drive around the town walls accompanied by a commentary along the lines of "here is a tower, and here is another tower, and here is another"....... 52 towers in all!

    The town is still well a visit but we would recommend you do your own thing. It is better explored on foot.
     
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    We would agree that Le Puy de Fou is well worth a visit of at least a couple of days. Bird show is the highlight, absolutely amazing! We also stayed on the attached Aire, very busy, but quiet during the day because most people are in the attraction. They sell bread and pain au choc from a small kiosk in the mornings and there were regular buses picking up and dropping off at the aire. We took it in turns to stay with the dogs because it was very hot when we were there. Enjoyed the relaxation time we had in between our visits. We didn't see the cine thing either but I would love to return in the future.
     
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    If you do get to Carcassonne, take the FOOTBRIDGE over the river from the walled city. There is a little pavement bar on your right which sells the most divine sangria made only with just raspberries. Of course no visit to the area would be complete without a meal here. https://ovineyards.com/
     
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    Many thanks for replies!can't wait to go!!
     
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    hi, what dates are you going? We are heading down there from 19th June, so your thread is interesting. Will look out for you.
     
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    Looking at going 1st June by Brittany Ferries to Cherbourg.(anyone got discount code)Coming back via our French Friends farm nr Reims to Calais 23rd June.Looks as if we will go to Le Puy de Fou for a couple of days .Then south!!Buccaneer Caravel reg SAU 7R!!
     
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    Carcassonne must have the highest concentration of restaurants in France.
     

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