Your first glimpse of Carcassonne might have you believing you have stumbled into an episode of Game of Thrones.
The dramatic hilltop fortress town in the south of France has a magical appeal, with atmospheric streets unwinding beneath the striking medieval citadel.
This town, situated in the Languedoc wine region, is an alluring destination for today’s Big Deal getaway, with direct flights from Glasgow and comfortable hotel accommodation.
Romance in France
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Carcassonne with Ryanair from Glasgow International and includes hand luggage and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard double or twin room at the 3* Ibis Carcassonne Est la Cite.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Glasgow International on the following dates:
19th, 26th April
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May
Flights are direct. Outbound flights will depart 10:25, arriving at 13:50. Inbound flights will depart 12:10, arriving 13:40.
Other airports and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The 3* Ibis Carcassonne Est la Cite is situated to the east of the centre, within a fifteen minute walk of the old medieval heart of the town, making it a handy base for exploring.
Guest rooms are air-conditioned, with flat-screen TV, satellite channels and free Wi-Fi internet. The hotel restaurant, Café Vins et Cie, serves traditional Languedoc cuisine.
Guests can also enjoy local wines in the 24-hour bar with outside terrace and shaded garden.
Carcassonne’s spectacular citadel, La Cité, is among France’s most distinctive tourist attractions, second only to the Eiffel Tower in annual visitor numbers.
Most of the fortress dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, and a walk around the battlements offers panoramic views towards the Pyrenees.
The imposing basilica of St-Nazaire is famous for its bizarre gargoyles. Beneath the fortress and church, the old medieval town, La Ville Basse, is a delight to explore on foot, with stylish boutiques, unpretentious restaurants serving superb Languedoc cuisine, and plenty of bars and cafes where you can enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine.
Carcassonne is also a port on the Canal du Midi, and a canal boat trip is a relaxing way to enjoy the peaceful countryside of the region.
Wine aficionados will enjoy visiting the local chateaux or domaines in the Minervois region to the north of the town, or the Corbières to the south.
The 3* Ibis Carcassonne Est la Cite enjoys enthusiastic recommendations on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews, edited for length:
‘The Hotel offers superb value for money. Beds incredibly comfortable, staff very helpful.’
‘The staff were excellent and the hotel was in tip-top condition. Highly recommended! We will definitely return to this hotel.’
‘Really nice staff, good food, great location.’
This Big Deal offer to Carcassonne is a great opportunity to discover the history and beauty of the Languedoc region.
Perfect for a romantic getaway, it offers culture, a balmy climate and great cuisine and wines.
With direct flights from Glasgow and comfortable accommodation, embrace the relaxed ambiance of la belle France in Carcassonne.