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The population of this area of Aude is approximately 50,000.
The national capital, Paris, is located 390 miles north of Carcassonne, while Villarzel-Cabardès lies 8 miles to the northeast.
Your family will have a ball seeing the native and exotic creatures at the Le Parc Australien. Be sure to ask at the entrance about feeding times and where to find the zoo's rarer species.
This region's wine yards sure know how to rouse the senses. Meet the passionate cellar masters, sample the latest vintage and relax into a great day out at the Domaine de Massiac and the Chateau Guery. Should those wineries give you a taste for more, also consider the Domaine Begude or the Chateau Guery.
Discover the local wildlife with a visit to one of the region's lakes, such as Lac de Pradelles-Cabardes and Lac de la Cavayere.
Spending time out among nature does wonders for our body and soul. So if you have the opportunity to see Gouffre geant de Cabrespine or Birds City, just do it!
You'll find plenty of interesting facts and stories behind the doors of the assorted museums here. The Musee-Caveau le 1900, the Musee Beaubois and the Le Musee de la Torture de Carcassone ought to be at the top of your list.
The displays of speciments at the Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria' give a fascinating glimpse into exotic, unknown worlds.
Like to develop a deeper appreciation for art and culture? Take a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts and surround yourself with quality works.
History comes alive at the Memorial House and the Museum of the Middle Ages thanks to their range of illuminating exhibits. Like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the School Museum or the Musee du blason - vitrail.
Among the most interesting heritage attractions in the area are the Narbonnaise Gate and La Bastide Saint Louis. These are great places to learn more about this region's past.
You probably won't see any members of the royal family, but you may find some turrets or dungeons at Chateau Comtal and Carcassone Castle. Chateau de Puilaurens and Aude Gate are two more formidable architectural monuments.
The area's spiritual side can be experienced at Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse and Lagrasse Abbey. If you'd like to look at a couple more religious sites, check for tours at St-Papoul Abbey and Abbey of Saint-Hilaire.
The Dolmen des Fades was established as a physical tribute to the region's past.
Saturday Open Air Market is the best place to check out if you have a passion for shopping or you're after a bite to eat.
For a great night's entertainment, grab some friends and head to theatre Jean Deschamps, Chapeau Rouge or theatre Jean-Alary. Each of these venues run a unique blend of shows throughout the year.
Tee off at the Carcassonne Golf and watch your ball glide down the carefully manicured fairway. This lovely hangout is a great place to practice that swing.
Exhausted your to-do list? Don't overlook Rodeoraft and Raymond Chesa Leisure Park.
Situated in Carcassonne, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chateau Comtal and Medieval City. Narbonnaise Gate and Aude Gate are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Verdun-en-Lauragais, this resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Les Cammazes Tourism Office, St-Papoul Abbey, and Canal du Midi Museum and Gardens. Canal du Midi Museum and Garden and Museum of Wood and Marquetry are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located inside the walls of the Cité, Best Western Le Donjon is within 200 meters of Château Comtal and Basilique Saint-Nazaire. Carcassonne Cathedral, the train station, and Ville Basse are 2 km away.
Situated in Carcassonne, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chateau Comtal and Medieval City. Narbonnaise Gate and Aude Gate are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Carcassonne, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Carcassonne Golf and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Medieval City. Carcassone Castle and Aude Gate are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly residence is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ducs de Joyeuse Castle, Castle Coustaussa, and Rennes-le-Chateau Church. Gorges de St-Georges and Puivert Castle are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Carcassonne's Medieval City, this luxury hotel is steps from Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse and Medieval City. Aude Gate and Carcassone Castle are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carcassone Castle and Medieval City. Narbonnaise Gate and Chateau Comtal are also within 10 minutes.