Aside from its impressively intact defences, one of Carcassonne's best known features is its ancient bridge across the Aude, the Pont Vieux (literally 'old bridge').
At one end of the Pont Vieux, a tiny chapel overlooks the water, with beautiful stained glass windows that are particularly striking on a sunny day.
The city itself is divided into two parts; the medieval city at the top of the hill is filled mostly with hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops these days, while the more recent centre ville with its supermarkets and train station is at the bottom.
A few minutes out of town, the surrounding countryside is mostly vineyards, which give rise to the region's wines. When we visited, the grapes were heavy on the vines, and we enjoyed them in fruit salads (as well as in wine, obviously).