Perched high on a hilltop in the Languedoc Roussillon in Southern France the city of Carcassonne looks like something from a children’s fairy-tale story book. But does the fairy tale end there or is there something for families looking for a cultural day out with family? Let’s see…
Carcassone is a Unesco World Heritage site attracting over four million visitors a year and can get busy during the high season. If crowds do not suit your family holiday vibe then choose your timings wisely, early or late in the day would mean quieter streets or if your children are still at the pre-school age why not visit during the spring or autumn- weather is cooler, streets are not as busy and family holiday accommodation and flights are cheaper!
If you are visiting with babies and toddlers then do remember that the streets are cobbled, most people say they are ok to navigate pushchairs around but if you have a three-wheeler all terrain pushchair and/or a sling or baby/toddler carry back pack it might be a little easier.
As you would expect there are lots of shops and cafés and if you are visiting the castle itself please note that they do not allow pushchairs – so if you have babes and toddlers take a sling.
The children will love taking a horse-drawn carriage ride or a little train ride from the bastide to the castle and another round the ramparts. There is also a jousting show with knights during the months of July and August.
Events in Carcassonne
Each year there are a variety of events that take part in this historical city – here are the most notable family-friendly events.
Festival de Carcassonne
Festival de Carcassonne is one of France’s greatest festivals offering a range of cultural activities for all the family. It runs through the whole of July with 120 shows and events (80 of which are free).
14th July 10.30 pm
If the children like fireworks then they are in for a treat! Carcassonne Ablaze is a 25 minute spectacular firework display watched by over 700,000 visitors from the banks of the Aude.
Feria de Carcassonne
24th – 27th August 2017
This friendly family event marks one of the highlights of the year, with concerts, dancing, tapas tasting and more!
You can fly to Carcassonne from all over the UK. There are plenty of toddler holiday options for accommodation in the Languedoc Roussillon too.
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