Take an historic walk around the double wall of the medieval citadel with its fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and tour the huge 12th century Château Comtal, marvelling at its enormous rose windows and weird gargoyles before heading to Carcassonne’s central square to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the world go by; laze away a quiet sunny afternoon on your sun-soaked terrace with fabulous views of the city and then enjoy a leisurely dinner in one of the restaurants around Place Marcou in the Cité and soak up the centuries-old atmosphere as you enjoy a traditional Cassoulet with duck, pork and bean washed down with local wine; drive through the glorious rolling green countryside to the medieval village of Lastours and hike up to the four mythical-looking Cathar castles clinging to the top of the mountain where they have been for ten centuries through countless raids and sieges and enjoy the wonderful views over the valley. Located in southern France’s Languedoc area on the banks of the river Aude, the medieval hilltop city of Carcassonne is famous for its medieval citadel – ‘La Cité’, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an airport just 3km outside of the city and one at nearby Toulouse plus excellent high speed train links to the rest of France, Carcassonne property offers investors an excellent opportunity to own or rent property in this beautiful and richly historic region of France.
Carcassonne dates back to the times of the Romans and Visigoths but it really started to flourish under the auspices of the wealthy Trencavel family in the late 12th century who built the Château Comtal and the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse. The city submitted to the rule of the kingdom of France in 1247 and became a border fortress between France and the Crown of Aragon. It was King Louis IX who founded the new part of the town across the river but in 1355 during the Hundred Years' War, after his failure to capture the citadel Edward the Black Prince ordered his troops to burn the lower town to the ground. Carcassonne’s key role in cross border trade with Spain dried up with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, when Roussillon was restored to France. As trade dwindled, the city walls were no longer needed for protection and fell into disrepair. It was only in the 1800s that the situation improved when the architect Viollet-le-Duc began a programme of restoration which helped save Carcassonne and ensure that the city of today is so outstandingly beautiful.
Carcassonne is becoming increasingly popular with the international community – many of whom have holiday homes and international investors are also being drawn by its popularity as a tourist destination so Carcassonne property prices remain competitive.
There is a good choice of Carcassonne property on the market ranging from traditional stone houses, renovated farmhouses and renovated or newly built apartments. Two bedroom renovated apartments with balcony offering city views start at around 135,000 EUR going up to 220,000 EUR for three bedrooms. Traditional stone town houses can also be found for between 230,000 EUR and 300,000 EUR and if you are keen on renovation then expect to pay around 350,000 EUR for a five bedroom detached house with traditional features such as wooden floors and original fireplaces but needing some love and attention. If you are looking for something with land then you will need to go outside of the city. In the surrounding countryside and villages, for example, a four bedroom renovated mill with swimming pool and gardens would be around 480,000 EUR or how about a five bedroom beautifully renovated traditional stone house set in landscaped gardens with lovely views for around 950,000 EUR.
Whether you decide to buy an elegant apartment with city views, a restored town house in the middle of the historic centre or a traditional farm house with acres of land in the surrounding countryside, Carcassonne property provides investors with the perfect opportunity to buy property in an area rich in history and culture. The combination of a good wine, fabulous food and wonderful countryside makes Carcassonne a perfect holiday and property investment destination.
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Beautifully presented and spacious former winery located in the centre of Carcassonne, set within a secluded garden of 2,162m2 with 2 guest houses, garage and a lovely swimming pool, situated just a s...
- Floor Size: 378 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,162 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
Totally renovated and beautifully presented 6 bedroom stone built farmhouse, set within a 3,860m2 private garden with mature trees providing shady corners and a heated swimming pool with a lovely pool...
- Floor Size: 310 square metres
- Plot Size: 3,860 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
Superb, grand and spacious 14 bedroom, 19th Century Carcassonne chateau style manor house, set within a large 2.5 hectare park with beautiful and impressive independent stone outbuildings which includ...
- Floor Size: 846 square metres
- Plot Size: 48,015 square metres
- Bedrooms: 14
Grand and spacious 8 bedroom manor house with its origins dating from 1878, set within a large plot of 3,296m2, located in Carcassonne - 9 bedrooms - Modern lift - Business workshop: 82m2...
- Floor Size: 559 square metres
- Plot Size: 3,296 square metres
- Bedrooms: 8
Charming stone built farmhouse set within 1.6 hectares of land, which is partly planted with 150 truffle oaks, located in the Carcassonne area. With a total of 11 bedrooms, old stables, 3 gite...
- Floor Size: 540 square metres
- Plot Size: 16,689 square metres
- Bedrooms: 11
Priced to sell, this grand, spacious and beautifully presented 11 bedroom 17th Century royal historical home, has a total huge living area of 1,200m2 and is located on the outskirts of a charming vill...
- Floor Size: 1,200 square metres
- Plot Size: 8,424 square metres
- Bedrooms: 11
A lovely newly and tastefully renovated farmhouse with fabulous views set in over 25 acres of pasture and woodland, situated on a gently sloping hillside at the end of a long, private drive. Th...
- Floor Size: 310 square metres
- Plot Size: 106,800 square metres
- Bedrooms: 5
A newly renovated gem in the heart of a village, just 5 minutes from amenities and only ten minutes from the heart of Carcassonnere. This verstatile character property comes with 6 bedrooms an...
- Floor Size: 190 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,350 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
Charming rural property with gites on a private domaine and yet conveniently close to Carcassonne and its beautiful sights and facilities. The property is actually a converted stable block a...
- Floor Size: 520 square metres
- Plot Size: 20,000 square metres
- Bedrooms: 12
Fabulous location for this 3 bedroom property with vineyard, set in 2 acres just minutes from the world Heritage Site of Carcassonne. The property is surrounded by 8,000m2 of private land, 3,...
- Floor Size: 165 square metres
- Plot Size: 8,000 square metres
- Bedrooms: 3