Carcasonne (& Toulouse) in France

Hello SighSee
I'm planning a trip to Carcasonne in France with a pal.
Thinking it might be better to also visit Toulouse while in the area. Maybe fly in and out of Toulouse, doing a night there at the beginning and end and getting a train to Carcasonne in the middle of the trip or something.
Anyone know anything about either destination?
How about nightlife in the area - which one is better to be in at the weekend?
Also interested in medieval history an shiet, read a bit about the Cathars and shit like that but already been to Avignon and Arles so a bit further West this time - any good tourism pointers in the area appreciated.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    OP here, I'm not trans to be clear.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    And is Narbonne any good? Day trip? Easy to get there and back from Carcasonne?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Les Grands Buffets is there, but you'll need a reservation and they get full like 6 months in advance

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's nice to go there on a 14th of july.

    Not fan of Toulouse, for castles after Carcassonne i'd go a little north intead, to Perigord and see the castles there (+ Lascaux).
    For the nightlife, i'd say go 1h to the coast to Cap D'agde.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks anon, cool image.
      Been reading up on Toulouse and thinking we might skip it entirely at this point - the flights there don't line up too well.
      Will look at Perigord and Lascaux now.

      Is the nightlife no good in Carcasonne? I would have thought at the very least there'd be other tourists looking to party.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Carcassonne is mostly a historical site, i don't think there's a nightlife there at all.
        There's the historic medieval city inside the walls, and there's a modern city outside of the walls that is your usual mid provincial french city and mostly residential (under 50K inhabitants overall).

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          OP here, thanks for the info anons.

          >i don't think there's a nightlife there at all.
          >there's a modern city outside of the walls that is your usual mid provincial french city and mostly residential (under 50K inhabitants overall).
          Bummer. Will definitely want to be in the bars every night. Might have to look at Agde a bit more. Surprised there wouldn't at least be a few nice dive bars full of tourists.

          I was in Carcasonne well over 10 years ago. I got some nice apple ice cream there. Good times. Go get the ice cream and just keep in mind it's a bit of a trip up there. Hope that helped.

          Will look out for apple ice cream.

          https://i.imgur.com/Uii6yr4.jpeg

          This is one of the most beautiful regions in the entire world.

          It's worth visiting with a rental car, in my opinion. If you travel into the country a bit, there are countless actual medieval towns that are all stunningly beautiful and characterful. The towns, the fields of flowers, and the surrounding mountains make it a ridiculously beautiful journey.

          My favorite castle was La Couvertoirade. It's small, but it felt so much more authentic than Carcasonne. Whereas Carcassonne felt a bit touristy in a sense, La Couvertoirade was charming and the people who owned the businesses literally lived there in the castle town.

          The best town of them all is Avène. There is a microorganism in the water there that both makes the plant life in the area beautifully vibrant and is extremely good for your skin. You can bottle it for free at the clinic there.

          There's also a massive, gorgeous Buddhist Temple very strangely situated in the mountains nearby.

          >It's worth visiting with a rental car
          Some people I know have said this. I'm trying to avoid driving as I do enough of that in the work week but maybe I'll look again at that.
          >La Couvertoirade
          >The best town of them all is Avène
          Will look in to these places too.
          >Buddhist Temple
          Wasn't expecting that.

          If you have a rental car, you could drive up and do the Pont du Gard and Nimes. Nimes has amazing Roman ruins and the Pont du Gard is amazing. I want to go back and do a kayak trip down that river.

          Or you could drive a little further and do Aix. They would have better nightlife. All the women go there and drink wine. You can stay in Aix for like $50-70/night in a large Airbnb. Cassis is amazing too. You can hike the Calanques and go swimming. The wineries all do free tastings.

          >Pont du Gard and Nimes
          Yeah, I've been to these places before and they are awesome. Avignon too. Big part of why I was open to doing a France trip again relatively soon, but being a bit more West than before.
          >Aix. They would have better nightlife. All the women go there and drink wine
          This is exactly the kind of recommendation I was after although I dunno if we'd be going that far east

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            worst area to drive in France. They will break into your car for sure.

            Sure there are divebars in Carcassone. They are i the actual town, not in the castle area

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was in Carcasonne well over 10 years ago. I got some nice apple ice cream there. Good times. Go get the ice cream and just keep in mind it's a bit of a trip up there. Hope that helped.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    This is one of the most beautiful regions in the entire world.

    It's worth visiting with a rental car, in my opinion. If you travel into the country a bit, there are countless actual medieval towns that are all stunningly beautiful and characterful. The towns, the fields of flowers, and the surrounding mountains make it a ridiculously beautiful journey.

    My favorite castle was La Couvertoirade. It's small, but it felt so much more authentic than Carcasonne. Whereas Carcassonne felt a bit touristy in a sense, La Couvertoirade was charming and the people who owned the businesses literally lived there in the castle town.

    The best town of them all is Avène. There is a microorganism in the water there that both makes the plant life in the area beautifully vibrant and is extremely good for your skin. You can bottle it for free at the clinic there.

    There's also a massive, gorgeous Buddhist Temple very strangely situated in the mountains nearby.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you have a rental car, you could drive up and do the Pont du Gard and Nimes. Nimes has amazing Roman ruins and the Pont du Gard is amazing. I want to go back and do a kayak trip down that river.

    Or you could drive a little further and do Aix. They would have better nightlife. All the women go there and drink wine. You can stay in Aix for like $50-70/night in a large Airbnb. Cassis is amazing too. You can hike the Calanques and go swimming. The wineries all do free tastings.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you have a rental car don't mind driving 2 hours, you could cruise down to Girona Spain. If you're into biking, that's the place to do it. You can rent a bike and ride the Ruta del Carrilet trail to the sea. It's a bike's only trail. It's been on my bucket list forever. Girona is a very cool little city. They filmed some of Game of Thrones there. The old town is small, but pretty rad. And it's cheap to stay there.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks man but I don't think we're going that far. It's not an especially long trip

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rightful spanish clay.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >not going to Biarritz
    lmao at your life

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Redpill me on Biarritz

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        the city of surfing

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I don’t surf.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          OP here

          Not the other anon but I also do not surf.

          In France right now anyway homies, been doing a lil drinkin and thought I'd just check in one last time to see if there was any more info.
          If this thread is still up in a few days maybe I'll post some photos.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            where are you right now ?
            And as for recommendations

            Also, near Toulouse and Albi there’s a very small town called Paulinet that makes fantastic cheese called paulinetoise, if you go to fromageries in Toulouse and Albi you should be able to buy it. Highly recommend

            said it all, buy some paulinetoise and a pain de campagne 🙂

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any tips for getting trains or buses in the area anons? Can't be bothered getting a rental car and it seems that with Toulouse, Narbonne, Castelnaudary etc in the area there are lots of places worth a look.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >pic unrelated, just like the film

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Any tips for getting trains or buses in the area anons?
      You just .... buy a ticket and take the train or bus???? Unless you are an American that should not be a foreign concept to you.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >making that comment
        Americans rent free in your brain eh?
        Frick off, loser.

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Toulouse is a nice city, large student population, but it doesn’t have a ton of blockbuster attractions, though it’s nice to see the canal du midi.

    If you like Christian history and cathedrals, Albi is a short train ride away from Toulouse and has the largest brick cathedral in the world, it’s a stunning and unique cathedral, there’s nothing else really like it. Also the site of the Albigensian crusade. Seems like you’d be interested if you like Carcassonne.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Albi is a short train ride away from Toulouse and has the largest brick cathedral in the world
      Thanks for this one man. Good chance I'll go looking at this.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Also, near Toulouse and Albi there’s a very small town called Paulinet that makes fantastic cheese called paulinetoise, if you go to fromageries in Toulouse and Albi you should be able to buy it. Highly recommend

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Any tips for Narbonne?

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Foix is wortha day trip, home to a fantastic castle. Carcassone itself I’d rate 6/10 for experience. Nothing more than it says on the label.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    any tips on stuff to see in central toulouse?
    i have two half days while travelling with work
    thought about the convent de jacsomething, but other than that idk

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