Stay in the Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne at the Villa Laffon
Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation.
Carcassonne the famous medieval city is a 10 minute drive from the villa and is full of restaurants, bars and small shops which together with, museums and other historical attractions, makes it a place you will want to visit many times during your stay.
The more modern part of Carcassonne sits under the old town and has pedestrian shopping areas with many bars and cafes.
The Canal du Midi passes through Carcassonne and is only a 5-minute drive from Villa Laffon, boat trips and walks on the canal path are an excellent way to spend an afternoon. The towns of Mirepoix, Limoux andCastelnaudry are all nearby and well worth exploring.
A 45-minute drive takes you to the Mediterranean coast, with beaches at Narbonne Plage and along the coast towards Cap d`Adge or Perpignon. Barcelona can be reached in around 2 1/2 hours.