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Car Hire at Carcassonne Airport
Rent a car at Carcassonne Airport, and you are just 5km from the medieval town of Carcassone, via junction 23 on the A61 motorway. Ryanair operates flights to Carcassonne from the UK and Ireland. You can also fly to Charleroi and Frankfurt from Carcassonne Airport. Alternative names for the airport are Salvaza Airport, Carcassonne Salvaza Airport, and Carcassonne Airport in Pays Cathare. When you collect your rental car from Carcassonne Airport, you should be aware that signposting can be rather vague in the area. If you're heading for Toulouse, 91km away, follow the A64.
From a distance, the fortified city of Carcassonne resembles a fairytale castle, complete with hilltop setting, massive walls, pointy turrets, and imposing battlements. No surprise, then, that it is one of the Languedoc's biggest tourist attractions. With popularity comes a certain loss of magic, however, so try to visit in spring or autumn (or, at least, late in the day) to get a flavour of the old town's original medieval charm.
Look out across the Langedoc's sunbaked landscape and the Ville Ville Basse (lower town) that spreads out beneath the old town. The two sections are connected via a network of bridges across the Canal du Midi.
Image: Carcassonne skyline by Eugene Regis