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La Bastide Saint Louis

42 rue Barbes, 11000 Carcassonne, France
33 0468 723 481
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Ranked #16 of 35 Attractions in Carcassonne
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

During a 5 night stay in Carcassonne we walked into the Bastide on several occasions. It's a pleasant enough place without being overly exciting, having more a feel of a working town than a tourist destination. The town, however, does have a reasonable selection of restaurants with prices generally cheaper than in the Cite.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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107 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

You must take time out to visit La Bastide St Louis (Ville Basse). It lies in the valley below the walled city founded in the 14th-century. Today it is an impressive grid of 19th-century streets built around a central square (built on the profits from cloth and linen) with wide boulevards built over the foundations of the old town walls.... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Cafe's, restaurants and markets (Sat and Tues), surounded by quality shops and bars. Lots of live entertainment during the summer months and xmas market in december.

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Ipstones, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Well worth a walk down from the Citadel for both the narrow streets, great churches and the excellent, and cheaper, restaurants.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We spent an enjoyable couple of hours following Kate Mosse's Citadel walk. It was very moving to see the statue of the angel that was rescued in the second world war and also the calvary garden. If you're staying in the cite then it's a must to come down here and view the cite lit up at night, but also... More

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Edinburgh Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The old cite of Carcassonne is lovely, if a bit Disney. For a complete contrast, head down the hill to the Bastide, the planned town built later. It is a 'real' town where people actually live and work (apparently, only 60 people now live within the walls of the old cite up on the hill). This is where you need... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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193 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Walk down from the cite and into the shopping area. Plenty of places to eat and drink and to generally soak up the atmosphere. Walk down to the Canal du Midi, great place to watch the people who have just rented their boat negotiate the lock!

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Cross the old bridge into the Bastille and it is great to explore all the old streets which will eventually take you to the place Carnot where you need to have a drink in one of the many places around the square and people watch

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Santa Barbara, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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107 reviews 107 reviews
18 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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