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La Bastide Saint Louis

42 rue Barbes, 11000 Carcassonne, France
33 0468 723 481
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Ranked #14 of 32 attractions in Carcassonne
Type: Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Old, charming town with very narrow streets and a wonderful central square, Place Carnot, with many small cafés and outdoor seating. Helpful Tourist office centrally located with extended hours in the summer. Walking around one notices there are many empty storefronts and many buildings A Vendre, For Sale. The town needs a strong tourist business. One is reminded of the... More

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Suffolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Travelling over the new bridge with the Cité on your left, look for Parking Gambetta. It's underground, plenty of space, and cheap. Head towards the main town , enjoy a drink or lunch in Place Carnot and then explore or shop. It has all the usual french shops and a market in place Carnot for vegetables. It's grid system so... More

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Bournemouth
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36 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Visited Carcassonne for a long weekend and stayed at the Ibis which is well located between the old and new parts of the town. The Place Carnot is the centre of the district, lined by cafes and restaurants, and home to the market three times a week. Not particularly remarkable but with some nice shops, the Cathedral, the bell tower... More

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Its an OK French town with good selection of shops and restaurants but with many closed and a sense the town has seen better days. However its a good place to base yourself for visiting surrounding countryside. Monday many shops are closed.

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Essex Boy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Wander the old city streets for a feast to the senses. Whatever your passion, shopping, sightseeing ,market bargains, its all in the narrow streets of the old town. Well worth a visit when you're "La Cite'ed out".

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Pau, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you want to eat somewhere with an atmosphere and as an alternative to the medieval city, the bastille is ideal.

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Clayton Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We enjoyed wandering the Bastide. There is great shopping, eating and sightseeing to be found all through this old city. The weekly market is held in the centre. Tuesday and Thursday are fruit and veg etc, Saturday is food and mixed items. As with most European markets you can buy anything a household might need, clothes, small appliances, toiletries, electronic... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Easy to get around due to the grid system. There are lovely little boutique shops as well as more 'high street' type shops and jewellers on the main shopping street. There's a few smaller churches, all with stunning stained glass, and do check out the jardin (in one of the corners) of cypress and olive trees.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

The Bastide grew up as the lower town, below the upper medieval city of the castle. However, it is the true centre of Carcassonne, a real habited town, unlike the medieval city today. It still has an ancient feel, with ancient narrow streets in a grid pattern. There are also no modern buildings. I don't know about at other times,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Lots of little boutiques and cafes and restaurants. Get a guide from the tourist info place (near PLace Carnot and post office). Shuttle train runs between Bastide and cite in the summer. Station on mainline Toulouse/Narbonne 5 mins from the centre. Lots of interesting architecture and good for photography. Some of it is quaintly crumbling and mind the occasional dog... More

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