This beautiful region enjoys one of the best climates in France, with about 300 days of sunshine a year. It's location lends itself to many different types of holiday; if you are looking to relax on the beach, then you have those of the Mediterranean just a short drive away, for the more energetic there are the Black Mountains to the north, perfect for walking or biking, or for the more ambitious the Pyrenean Mountains are not far away, offering the possibility of skiing in the winter.
Of course the main attraction of this region is the famous La Cite. Situated in Carcassonne this well preserved medieval city is a 'must see' for anybody visiting the area. It is also the focal point for the Carcassonne Festival, held every July and featuring everything from Opera to Rock Groups.
The tranquil Canal du Midi also winds it's way lazily through the area, and is ideal for a boat trip, or for just walking along and watching the many pleasure boats wending their way along.
A trip to Andora for a bit of tax free shopping is a day well spent, you get to see spectacular scenery and save money! The region has a diverse history, and a turbulent past, to which the many castles and fortified towns bear testament. Much of it is linked to the Cathars, for whom this region was a final strong hold. The 4 ruined castles at Lastour are a chilling reminder of this period of history.
There are also a host of charming medieval villages to visit, Saissac, Montreal, Revel and Mirepoix are all well worth the trip. If you are a wine lover, then you are in for a treat, you will be amazed by the quality and price of those produced locally, most of it from small growers, who produce too little to export.
The Carcassonne area really has got something for everyone, your first visit will certainly not be your last!