Sunday 21 January 2018

Need to know

Getting there

Ryanair flies direct to Carcassonne from Dublin; Aer Lingus flies to Toulouse, an hour's drive away.

Where to stay

Special treat: A suit of armour guards the medieval walls of the four-star Hôtel Donjon (2 Rue du Comté Roger, 0033 468 112300, One of few hotels inside the citadel, it is a three-minute stroll from the Basilica St Nazaire and the Château Comtal. Doubles from €135.

Mid-range: The Hôtel Les Trois Couronnes (2 Rue des Trois Couronnes, 0033 468 253610, is good value and well placed for the best view in town of the fortress towers. Doubles from €90.

On a budget: Hôtel Central (27 Boulevard Jean Jaurès, 0033 468 250384, is close to the train station, and has simple rooms on the edge of the ville basse. Doubles from €60.

Irish Independent

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