If you are planning on taking a break in or near Carcassonne in the South of France then you might want to consider having the use of a car as there is much to see and do in the nearby vicinity. The public transport system is great for getting to different towns and cities in the Languedoc Roussillon region but not so great for exploring the area as a tourist.
Equally it’s great, in fact recommended, to get out and about by foot or bicycle but as there’s a lot of ground to cover, and plenty to see, at some point you really will need a car to take full advantage. If you’re hiring a car or bringing your own, don’t forget that the French drive on the right!
First up, try driving out of Carcassonne city centre and taking the scenic route up to the old medieval city. You can walk up to it from the city centre but the car drive offers some fantastic views of the medieval fort from a distance.
Secondly the Canal du Midi passes through Carcassonne and there are lots of charming villages along its bank. Taking a drive along the canal as far as possible and stopping for a coffee or lunch in some of the villages is a great way to spend the day.
Finally not far from Carcassonne is the town of Castlenaudry and this is the place to go if you want to sample the world famous Cassoulet, a French stew that will certainly fill you up.
If you don’t fancy driving yourself there is a great Carcassonne taxis service offered by a company called Aerobus. This English speaking service will take you out on day trips in couples or groups in their minibus, picking you up and dropping you back at your holiday accommodation. A perfect way to sample the countryside.