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La Bastide Saint Louis

42 rue Barbes, 11000 Carcassonne, France
33 0468 723 481
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Ranked #15 of 32 Attractions in Carcassonne
Type: Historic Sites
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Edinburgh Scotland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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