"Hiking - The streets wind and wander." Carcassonne Sports & Outdoors Tip by Jerelis

Carcassonne Sports & Outdoors: 7 reviews and 26 photos

  Rue Saint Louis.
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  • Rue Saint Louis. - Carcassonne
      Rue Saint Louis.
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  • Defensive structure at the east side. - Carcassonne
      Defensive structure at the east side.
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  • Porte Narbonnaise Entré Principale. - Carcassonne
      Porte Narbonnaise Entré Principale.
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Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Carcassonne's principal pleasures. Throughout the hike we saw the curious mixture of architectural styles left by the previous inhabitants of the citadel - Venetians, Roman and Spanish. The streets wind and wander with no discerrible order or object. Picturesque cobblestone alleyways are interspersed by statues, graceful basilica, fountains and a great selection of local cafés where we had our lunch and by the end of the day had a nice cold beer.

The entire citidel of Carcassonne is about 2000 years old. Because of its dependence of its defences and the main city in the back, it was forced to develop within their narrow confines. The development in the area of this town, therefore, was very limited. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the Theatre Jean Deschamps are hearthclutchingly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Carcassonne might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

Theme: Hiking

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 6, 2011
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