La Bastide Saint Louis

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La Bastide Saint Louis
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA21,992 contributions
Built on the left bank of the river Aude below the Medieval fortress in 1260, and includes the historical neighborhood of La Bastide Saint Louis.
We loved strolling through the maze of narrow streets with shops, cafes and lovely old mansions in and around the Place Carnot with its Neptune fountain.
The tourist information office in Rue Verdun is well worth a visit, you can buy tickets for the Medieval fortress and obtain maps and information on the Town.
The church of the Carmes, and Chapelle des Dominicaines each have their own charm like the museum des Beaux-Arts.
A walk over the Pont Vieux presents fantastic photo opportunities, especially at sunrise or sunset of the Medieval Fortress, while you continue your walk up to the Porte d’Aude past the church of saint Gimer.

TIP: If you have time rent a bicycle or taking a boat ride on the canal Midi next to the train station.
Written September 20, 2020
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Roshni2011
Colombo, Sri Lanka533 contributions
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Whilst most people are quite familiar with the Medieval City , there is also another , quite substantial side to this lovely city -- La Bastide Saint Louis. Carcassonne is really two cities in
one , connected by roads and bridges -- one of which is a pedestrian bridge , the Pont Vieux.

This is the lower-key, lower town that dates back to the Middle Ages away from the hordes of tourists who throng the Medieval, Walled City. It is a well organized city, typically French, with beautiful buildings, squares, churches, museums, mansions, shops, cafés and restaurants etc.

The Gare SNCF and Canal du Midi are are also here.

My hotel was very near the Walled City and I walked to La Bastide over the Pont Vieux, the old pedestrian bridge. It was a pleasant, 20 minute stroll over the River Aude. On my way back to the hotel , I stopped off at a superb patisserrie just off the Pont Vieux, near the Pont Neuf ( the other bridge ) and bought myself a treat to revive myself after a lovely day at La Bastide. The array of goodies was mind boggling and worthy of many photographs -- the patisserrie is run by a friendly couple.

La Bastide itlself is worth at least a day of anyone's time. The main sights I visited were Cathedrale St Michel, Eglise St Vincent, Musee des Beaux Arts , Place Carnot, Les Halles, Portail des Jacobins, Bastion Montmorency . As you stroll around with the excellent map you could collect at the Tourist Office on rue de Verdun, you will also be able to admire several hotels particuliers.

Square Gambetta near the musee is a good place to rest your weary legs on a bench under the trees. The area around the Cathdrale is also cool under the trees. Below the Pont Vieux is a lovely place for a picnic.

Place Carnot has a good selection of bars, cafes and restaurants, but there are others around the Bastide as well. There is also a market near here -- I believe on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning.

The annual feria is held at La Bastide, this year it was from August 30 - September 2. I just missed it but the preparations looked impressive.

There are boat trips on the Canal du Midi , leaving from the port opposite the Gare SNCF.

All in all, a pleasant and relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of the Medieval City, across the bridge. I would go back there for a holiday sometime in the near future.
Written September 14, 2012
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MargiSu
Holmfirth, UK923 contributions
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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. It is a real town for everyday living and is around 15 minutes by foot from the railway station. We stayed at the IBIS hotel in Square Gambetta (which has a large underground car park), a pleasant wide open square within a 20 minute walk to the medieval city and only a few minutes to the centre of the Bastide. There is a tourist information centre at 28 Rue de Verdun, where you can get a detailed city plan and any other information you may need, the staff are very helpful.

On our last visit we only had time to visit the citadel, so this time we came for three days as there is so much to see in this area. At the Cimetiére Saint-Michel, in the military graveyard, there is an extraordinary statue of a winged stone angel holding a sword (Y Penser Toujours - always think - never forget), which was moved from Square Gambetta during WWII. Coming down the hill through the rows of little old cottages towards the Bastide cross the Boulevard Barbés to the Cathédrale Saint-Michel (open daily 8 am to 12 noon and 3 pm to 7 pm). Just to the side is a small war memorial Garden, .an ideal place to have a rest.

Walk to the top of Rue Voltaire, where the walled Calvary Garden (Jardin du Calvaire) is a very moving place.

In the centre of the town is Place Carnot, with its Neptune Fountain and surrounded by many bars and restaurants, is a good place to sit and watch the world go by. Markets are held here on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

Look out for the impressive 1930’s style clock tower at the Police Station on Rue Aimé Ramon.
The church of St Vincent on Rue Albert Tomey,(open Tues – Sat 10:15 to 12:15 and 13:45 to 17:45) has a huge bell tower with 230 some steps and magnificent views from the top.

As I say, there is so much to do here, and when you need a change from history, take a boat trip along the historic Canal du Midi, followed by a visit to the art nouveau Hotel Terminus for dinner or to one of the many superb restaurants within the Bastide. This lower town also needs support from the tourists to survive and there are so many places to enjoy.
Written October 21, 2014
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RichardM1955
Montmorillon, France34 contributions
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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.
Written November 4, 2014
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RachmanBristol
Bristol10 contributions
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Having left the rather commercialised medieval cite it is a pleasure to wander into the Bastide and find the real heart of the town. Lovely shops and boutiques and Place Carnot is a must if you want to sit in the sun with a cold drink and watch the world go by. Not to be missed is the market - Saturday morning - when the whole square comes alive - followed by kebabs and a beer at Cafe Saillan.
Written May 14, 2015
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Lee P
Bournemouth, UK329 contributions
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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 for good views and the Musee Beaux Artes for some respectable Corots. Be aware that many things close on Sunday and Monday. Kate Mosse does a walk around the Bastide, linked to her book 'Sepulchre', which gives some of the background. The Café Felix on the Place Carnot is a good place for your morning coffee and croissant. If you want to go back in time have a drink or a meal at the Hotel Terminus, near the station, which is also the starting out point for boat trips or bike rides along the Canal du Midi. There is also a 1 euro train ride from Carcassone to Quillan via Limoux (just over an hour) which must be one of the bargains of the century.
Written May 6, 2014
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MRB01
Carcassonne Center, France857 contributions
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I could never tire of La Bastide St Louis. There is so much character and history in such a concentrated area. The grid layout of the Bastid is great to help you navigate around and around each corner there seems to be something new to discover. This area lies below the touristy Merieval City but has a lot of charm. This was once a walled city and you can still see features of this including the once only portal to the city. Filled with a whole range of shops, bars and restaurants this is a wonderful place to people watch and to purchase a few nice gifts. It is true to say that the place had a certain excitement on market days (especially the Saturday market). Super fresh produce at very good prices. We like to self-cater when in Carcassonne because I know I can get such quality food. There is a little supermarket for other essentials. The central square is a super place to relax and unwind. La Bastde is also in easy walking range to the beautiful river Aude and the canal de Midi. We have enjoyed many a picnic along these waterways. This, in my opinion, is a very special place and I would highly recommend. There has been a lot of developments over the times we have visited and all for the better. Yes, there are buildings that need a little TLC but that adds to the character. I would also note that I find it a very friendly place and have always recieved welcoming service in all shops and eateries. I would also comment that having wandered around at night time I have always felt safe. I suppose it all depends what you are looking for and I really do find what I am looking for here. Certainly a place to visit and enjoy the character of La Bastide.
Written April 16, 2017
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Mark G
Nottingham, UK249 contributions
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The Bastide is the town of St Louis situated below the citadel, The Bastide was originally a fully walled town built on a grid pattern which you can still see today though the cross streets often have little cars speeding along them between the main boulevards of the city.
The central Square is Place Carnot and during my visit there was a wine festival there are also markets on Tuesdays Thursdays and Saturdays early mornings for fruit & veg.
The other square is the Place Gambetta where if you come in by car or bus you will probably find yourself this modern square also houses the Bastide's main museum of Art.
There are several churches in the town and St Vincent's often holds recitals throughout the year.
Another hidden gem is the cavalry garden made from the old defensive walls in the south end of the city worth a visit and its free.
Its primarily a shopping centre and there are many shops and cafe's to while your time,
do visit the old bridge and the Templar Chapel at its foot opposite the Dominican priory
You can take a boat trip from the Bastide or hire cycles in the booking offices just outside the Railway station a walk, ride or boat on the canal is a must on your day in this part of Carcassonne.
At night The Place Carnot has most Restaurants around it but the side alleys too hold little places that may appeal if your tired of the old City above.
Written October 25, 2016
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swift314
Sheffield, UK12,551 contributions
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We went down here on both saturday and sudnay morning for as troll waht a difference - saturday bustling busy and so vibrant, sunday really really queit worth a walk if you want to get into the real part of town
Written July 5, 2016
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AntoinetteM199
Cornwall, Canada10 contributions
Solo
I am staying in the Bastide and I enjoy the markets and the meat and fish shops. Can be a bit dodgy at night though.
Written February 15, 2016
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