With roots dating back 2,500 years to Volcae times, the fortified city of Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also crossed by the Canal du Midi, another famous French achievement. Book a flight for your trip to Carcassonne and explore this beautifully restored former Cathar stronghold. Enter the old city via the Pont Vieux, cross the River Aude and head up its cobbled streets, lined with medieval houses, to the stunning Bastide Saint Louis. Wander around the buzzing market at Place Carnot or the 18th Century Halles both found outside the ‘bastide’, in the lower part of Carcassonne. Reserve a hotel room in Carcassonne close to its historic landmarks. Away from town you’ll find some superb walks including the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrims’ trail, numerous Cathar castles that are well within easy reach, as well as the magical Canal du Midi, another UNESCO World Heritage Site constructed by the famous Pierre Paul Riquet. Finish the day with a hearty cassoulet, a dish that was once the fodder of French soldiers during the 100 Years War or a serving of duck confit - a traditional Midi-Pyrenees favourite!