Carcassonne is a World Heritage site and to visit the fortified town is to be transported back to the Middle Ages. You can experience the atmosphere of a medieval town, surrounded by ramparts, drawbridges and 52 towers. The medieval city was used in the Kevin Costner film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and more recently in the TV adaptation of Kate Mosse's bestselling novel Labyrinth.
In July and August it is possible to sit and watch “Les Médiévales”, a tournament and show with medieval knights on horseback, set within the ramparts of the citadel.
Each year on Bastille Day (14th July) the dramatic “feu d’artifice“ is held, where the entire citadel appears to go up in flames and a massive firework display is held.
August sees a medieval festival that is unique in Europe. Jugglers, fire-eaters, tightrope walkers, jousters and troubadours animate the streets bringing the city to life.
The Carcassonne Festival takes place from mid-June to early August and is one of the major cultural events in the South of France and is now one of France’s largest festivals with nearly 150 shows on offer (Opera, Dance, Theatre, Classical Music, French and international popular music, Modern music), more than 100 of which are free!
Previous artists to appear include James Blunt, Bryan Ferry and Tom Jones.
The 2014 festival will include performances from Massive Attack, James Blunt and Elton John.