Carcassonne Market

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings this large fruit, flowers, herbs and vegetables market is held in the Place Carnot — the centre of modern Carcassonne. Car parking is available all around this central area, but from Caunes a handy, quick and congestion-free strategy is to drive in along the D118 coming from Caunes on the Mazamet road. Take the 3rd exit off the roundabout on the periferique road, adjacent to the huge red Cap Rouge cinema complex — D6113, signed La Cité. Quite quickly you come to new roundabout: take first exit, D118, signed Carcassonne centre. Follow this road alongside the canal (which offers fine views of La Cité on top of its hill to your left) until you reach the canal-side parking just before the railway bridge, park, and walk under the bridge; turn left at end, cross main road and walk straight down to the Place Carnot , about 10 minutes in total (if you drive too far and go under the bridge there is a mini-roundabout that permits you to return and look for a space to park in).

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