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Introduction

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Carcassonne is a fortified town in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. The UNESCO World Heritage listed fortress was restored in 1853 by the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

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Getting There

By Plane

Carcassonne Salvaza Airport (CCF) is on the northern edge of the city.
Currently, only Ryanair serves the city from Bournemouth, Brussels South-Charleroi, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt-Hahn, Leeds, Liverpool and London-Stansted. Some of them are only seasonal (April to October summer season).

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Au Royal Hotel22 Bd Jean JauresHotel87
Auberge du BalestiéRoute de Carcassonne MalegoudeGuesthouse91
Hotel Du Pont Vieux32 rue TrivalleHotel83
Hotel du Soleil le Terminus2, Avenue Maréchal Joffre 11000 CarcassonneHotel85
L'Ancienne Boulangerie20 Rue St Genes 11160 Caunes-Minervois CarcassoneGuesthouse-
L'Etoile Balladins3 allée G. de Roberval ZI La BourietteHotel-
La Cave Sabatie3 avenue de Limoux MalviesApartment88
Le Castel Enchante20 Chemin de Matet Fonties D'AudeGuesthouse89
Maison de Laura9 rue Paichere SalsigneGuesthouse93
Millett Guesthouse28 Rue du 4 Septembre CarcassonneGuesthouse88
Residence Les Oliviers2 rue Darius MilhaudHotel90
Sidsmums Travellers Retreat11 Chemin de la Croix d'Achille 11250 PreixanHostel92
Domaine St GeorgeRoute de Malras LimouxGuesthouse-
Demeure Saint Louis Guesthouse2 rue Michel SabatierGuesthouse95
Hotel L’Etoile Carcassonne3, Allee Gilles de RobervalHotel84
Au-Domisiladore19,boulevard marcouGuesthouse92
Houseboat Péniche Mirage28 rue du canal Ecluse d'HerminisGUESTHOUSE-
La MatteConques Sur OrbielGUESTHOUSE91
Résidence la Barbacane15 Route de la Barbacane Route de Saint HilaireHOTEL84
Castel ChambresCastel Chambres Avenue du château de MALVES Malves en MinervoisGUESTHOUSE87
Marchand ApartmentsDomaine de Parazols FabrezanAPARTMENT-
La Posada del Castillo60 rue BarbacaneGuesthouse-
Domaine de Campras Carcassonne SaissacCampras Cassonne SaissacGUESTHOUSE-
Kyriad CarcassonneAllée Gilles Personnier de RobervalHOTEL-
Le Logis des Remparts3 rue du Moulin d'AvarGUESTHOUSE-
Pilgrims' Nest Backpackers'Labit VillardebelleHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 43.2126053
  • Longitude: 2.3560999

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