This walled city in southern France, near the Pyrenees, is nestled in Cathar (Cathare) country. It offers villages, inaccessible castles on mountain summits and the Canal du midi all within an hour's drive from Carcassonne. It has towns like Lagrasse, Minerve Mirepoix, Foix, and castles like Montsegur, Peyrepertuse, Queribus, etc. For children, there is an African Reserve (Cabarceno Zoo), and many caves abound in the area. To summarize, a great holiday.