WHAT TO SEE AND DO  

From July 17 to July 19, when Tour de France will be at Carcassonne, discover in the city of Carcassonne the Tour de France QR codes allowing you to watch the story of Carcassonne and le Tour de France, and try to win an official Tour de France jersey! 

Cité de Carcassonne: Dominating the Aude valley and surrounded by several kilometres of ramparts, the 13th century citadel is one of France’s most famous historical sites. A visit should be made in order to admire the Counts’ Castle and the Saint-Nazaire basilica. Restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, the Cité is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided tours are offered by the Tourist Office, while the Cité can also be explored using virtual reality headsets. tourisme-carcassonne.fr   

Square André Chénier: To coincide with the Tour de France’s visit, free cycling activities are available in Square André Chénier and the Espace Bigeard, opposite the Jacobins gate.  

Musée des Beaux-Arts: The Exceptionn’Elles, a temporary exhibition in which the museum’s collections will be used to put a focus on women. Drawn from works on permanent display, unearthed in the vaults or lent by other collections, the paintings are by women and represent women. Free admission.   

Théâtre Jean-Deschamps: Carcassonne Festival Sunday 17 July: Calogero Monday 18 July: John Legend Tuesday 19 July: Julien Doré  

Lac de la Cavayère and Pôle Aqualudique (water park): Close to the medieval city, this is the ideal place to relax by the water. Set in the heart of a nature reserve and with three sandy or grassy beaches, numerous activities are on offer: swimming, water games, pedalos, water-skiing, a rope-walk course through the trees, and walks and rides around the lake (5km or about one hour on foot). Parking is free and picnic areas are available. Just a stone’s throw from the town centre, the Pôle Aqualudique, which opened in the summer of 2021, is an innovative venue that’s dedicated to water sports and features several pools.

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