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Start your pedestrian route through the impressive medieval town. A word of advice, leave the main road and do not delay in losing your way within the small adjoining alleyways. Amongst the buildings to visit is the Château Comtal. Located in the heart of the town, this imposing building houses a superb Lapidary Museum (covering engraving, cutting and polishing of stones and gems), a magnificent basilica and winding ramparts that you will take delight in climbing. From the top, the rampart walk offers you a splendid view over the surrounding area.
Continue your trip in Carcassonne with a little stroll in the lower town (also called Bastide Saint Louis) to contemplate the Canal du Midi. Have a gourmet stop at the truffle shop to enjoy a multitude of products concocted from the region’s so called black gold. If you prefer authentic markets, go to the Place Carnot to get a good dose of the area’s specialities, such as foie gras (goose liver pâté) or confit d’oie (goose confit) As the sun goes down, head for the Porte d’Aude gateway where a particularly exceptional panorama awaits you, especially at dusk.