The apartment is in a listed building overlooking the historic Place Carnot, dating from 1260, with its famous plane trees, fountain, cafes & picturesque market. Fantastic view of everything that takes place in the square. The market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays, & covers the whole square on Saturdays. Grandstand view of all the festivals and other events. One minute walk from shops, cafes, restaurants, brasseries, ATMs etc. We overlook the town square, though it is mostly traffic free, with just the hubbub of cafes, restaurants and shops. Short walk to the Canal du Midi & the fabulous medieval Cite, & numerous excellent restaurants. 5 minute walk to bus and railway stations. Troubadour is beautifully & comfortably furnished & equipped, in a very French style. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and the pantry is well stocked with basics for you. There is also a washing machine and drier.
The apartment is luxurious and romantic, and will have everything that you need.
Further details: Direct flights to Carcassonne from UK, Troubadour is 7 minutes from the airport. Wonderful holiday summer or winter (heating is included) -& you don't need a car.
Local festivals - the summer: The Carcassonne Festival takes place throughout July, both in the Cité and in the Bastide St. Louis. Many of the events take place in the Place Carnot and can be viewed from the apartment. The programme contains opera, dance, theatre, jazz, salsa, country and western and other concerts, folklore, street-theatre and comedy. If you don't fancy a rock concert in the Place Carnot, go up to the Cite for some opera. In August a re-enactment of the days of the troubadours takes place. Knights and horses in full costume, along with processions of jugglers, acrobats, mime artists, gymnasts, dancers and musicians will entertain you with jousting and processions. There is an organ festival that takes place from mid-June to mid-September, with concerts on the famous organ at the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire in the Cite. And on Bastille Day (14th July) there is a truly spectacular firework display - the Cité looks as though it is being set on fire with 25 minutes of fireworks.
Local festivals - the rest of the year: There is a Christmas market in the Place Carnot with a stage, a skating rink (3 euros an hour!) with a huge ice spectacular one of the evenings, artificial icicles on the fountain, and artificial snow on Christmas trees and the wooden stalls. There is a huge ferris wheel with views of the town and Cite just outside the Bastide walls, sledging, trampolines, fireworks and many other activities including the Foie Gras fair the Sunday before Christmas. It is quite magic, and clients who have been there over Christmas have been enchanted.
There are three big fairs in Carcassonne during the year, on 6th March, 6th September and the Fair of Ste Catherine on 25th November. These fairs are huge events, with crafts and produce from the region and elsewhere. The Dame Carcas Pig Fair is at the beginning of March and at the end of March there are the antique fairs. The flea market takes place in September each year in the streets of La Trivalle, the district directly underneath the Cite.
Troubadour is a 1 bedroom apartment with a bathroom with bath, basin & WC, & spacious living room with ample kitchen area at one end. It is a classy apartment with quality furniture and equipment, & extras such as Egyptian cotton sateen bed linen, goose down pillows (synthetic available for allergy sufferers), silk curtains, towelling bathrobes & much more. The bedroom is romantic, with off-white painted French furniture and a lacy half tester above the bed. Living room furniture includes a comfortable elegant sofa, beautiful cabinet, & traditional polished inlaid wooden dining table with tapestry chairs. There are beautiful mirrors & prints around the rooms, all contributing to the general effect of a smart Parisian apartment. There is a stunning view over the Place Carnot. There is a modern bathroom, & utility room with washing machine and drier. All windows overlook the Place Carnot & have traditional shutters. Ideal for a romantic holiday, or as a base to explore provincial France.