Carcassonne

Festival of Carcassonne

The history of the festival started in 1908 in the grand theatre de la Cité. It now features among the top ten festivals in France with a more ambitious programme every year. The event is labelled by the French Federation of International Music Festivals and attracts more than 200,000 spectators annually on the “in” and “off” scenes.
From June 19 to August 2014, the festival of Carcassonne will display the many sides of its bill – theatre, circus, opera, classical music, dance – featuring legendary artists as well as up-and-coming talent on more than ten stages scattered around town. Such diversity has become the identity of this unique festival, creating links between different art forms and musical styles (rock, chanson, pop, electro, reggae…)
This summer, the Medieval City, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, will host a week of theatre with Francis Huster, Michel Galabru, Francis Perrin, Carole Bouquet, Troupe de France, but also du classical music with Katia and Marielle Labeque, William Sheller, opera with Don Giovanni directed by Patrick Poivre d'Arvor and Manon Savary and exceptional concerts with the Jacksons, Elton John, Lana Del Rey, Franz Ferdinand, Massive Attack, Joe Satriani, Etienne Daho, Vanessa Paradis, James Blunt…

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Festival de Carcassonne © Carcassonne
Stage town for the 16th time
Aude (11)
Population : 48,700 inhabitants (Carcassonnais), 105,000 in the 73 communes of Carcassonne Agglo
Economy : tourism, Arts, University Institute of Technology, airport
Culture : City of Carcassonne and château comtal (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), Midi canal, Lake Cavayère, Saint-Nazaire Basilica, Jean Alary theatre, Saint-Vincent belltower, Museum of Fine Arts, musée-trésor de Notre-Dame de l'Abbaye, School Museum, Centre of National Monuments.
Festivals: Carcassonne Festival, The Magic of Christmas, Carcassonne Fair, Saint-Vincent Festival
Sport : USC XV (rugby), ASC XIII (rugby). Events: Carcassonne Duathlon, International Swimming Meeting, Ronde des vendanges, Cross de la Cité (running races around the city)
Specialites : Club Prosper Montagné, cooking competition, cassoulet, wines from Aude (Minervois, Cabardès, Corbières, Malepère)
Sustainable Development : 7 km of cycle paths, public transport running on natural gas or electricity.
Labels : Medieval city and Midi canal classed as UNESCO world heritage sites, the Saint-Louis Bastide classed as a protected area, Blue Flag for the Midi Canal Port, 1 flower

Fish poisoning

Every summer on Bastille Day, the Medieval City of Carcassonne comes ablaze in front of 500,000 spectators for one of the most grandiose fireworks in the country. In 2006, July 14 was also the day when Yaroslav Popovych won the last Tour de France stage finishing in town. Among the other riders to have fired up in Carcassonne was Jean Stablinski in his best season in 1962, the year he became world champion. The day the Frenchman won, he did not quite make the headlines though as another story was rocking the Tour and starting doping rumours in the peloton. Fourteen riders including several of the same Belgian team gave up and cited stomach problems after eating trout in the city of cassoulet. Journalist Roger Bastide summed up the story this way: “They apparently ate fish that was not fresh. But the rumour is spreading in the caravan that this “poisson” had one “s” too many!”

Stage town for the 16th time
Aude (11)
Population : 48,700 inhabitants (Carcassonnais), 105,000 in the 73 communes of Carcassonne Agglo
Economy : tourism, Arts, University Institute of Technology, airport
Culture : City of Carcassonne and château comtal (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), Midi canal, Lake Cavayère, Saint-Nazaire Basilica, Jean Alary theatre, Saint-Vincent belltower, Museum of Fine Arts, musée-trésor de Notre-Dame de l'Abbaye, School Museum, Centre of National Monuments.
Festivals: Carcassonne Festival, The Magic of Christmas, Carcassonne Fair, Saint-Vincent Festival
Sport : USC XV (rugby), ASC XIII (rugby). Events: Carcassonne Duathlon, International Swimming Meeting, Ronde des vendanges, Cross de la Cité (running races around the city)
Specialites : Club Prosper Montagné, cooking competition, cassoulet, wines from Aude (Minervois, Cabardès, Corbières, Malepère)
Sustainable Development : 7 km of cycle paths, public transport running on natural gas or electricity.
Labels : Medieval city and Midi canal classed as UNESCO world heritage sites, the Saint-Louis Bastide classed as a protected area, Blue Flag for the Midi Canal Port, 1 flower

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Places to see

Medieval City

The Medieval City is a fortified town unique in Europe by its size and its state of preservation and its history is marked by 2,000 years of conquest and by the influence of catharism and the crusades.

Canal du Midi

The work of Pierre Paul Riquet built in the 17th century to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Canal du Midi, long used for the transportation of goods an persons, is now used for leisurely boating and tourism.

Lake of La Cavayère

In 1985, after a fire, the site was turned into an 18 ha pond and A leisure base was created. In the middle of the lake, an island is preserved for ducks and other species of birds to nest.

Bastide Saint-Louis

The Bastide was built in 1260 on a quadrangular plan organised around the current centre square today known as Place Carnot. Bastide St Louis, bonded by the boulevards created in the 18th and 19th centuries over old ditches, retained the same street structure as the original and displays a remarkable architectural variety in terms of townhouses and churches.

The Old Bridge

A typical medieval bridge from the 14th century, it was until the 19th century the only link between the Bastide St Louis and the medieval City. Its large dimensions are due to the variations of the river's flow. Strictly pedestrian, it allows rapid access to the Medieval City.

Medieval City © Carcassonne© CarcassonneCanal du Midi © CarcassonneBastide Saint-Louis © CarcassonneThe Old Bridge © Carcassonne
Stage town for the 16th time
Aude (11)
Population : 48,700 inhabitants (Carcassonnais), 105,000 in the 73 communes of Carcassonne Agglo
Economy : tourism, Arts, University Institute of Technology, airport
Culture : City of Carcassonne and château comtal (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), Midi canal, Lake Cavayère, Saint-Nazaire Basilica, Jean Alary theatre, Saint-Vincent belltower, Museum of Fine Arts, musée-trésor de Notre-Dame de l'Abbaye, School Museum, Centre of National Monuments.
Festivals: Carcassonne Festival, The Magic of Christmas, Carcassonne Fair, Saint-Vincent Festival
Sport : USC XV (rugby), ASC XIII (rugby). Events: Carcassonne Duathlon, International Swimming Meeting, Ronde des vendanges, Cross de la Cité (running races around the city)
Specialites : Club Prosper Montagné, cooking competition, cassoulet, wines from Aude (Minervois, Cabardès, Corbières, Malepère)
Sustainable Development : 7 km of cycle paths, public transport running on natural gas or electricity.
Labels : Medieval city and Midi canal classed as UNESCO world heritage sites, the Saint-Louis Bastide classed as a protected area, Blue Flag for the Midi Canal Port, 1 flower

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