Travel to Carcassonne and Aveyron
Day 2 Carcassonne - Brousse-le-Château - Rivière-sur-Tarn (218 Km.)
Carcassonne: The historic city of Carcassonne is an urban an architectural fortified complex very singular that is the oldest part of the main town of the French commune of Carcassonne, also known in French as Cité de Carcassone and in Occitan as Ciutat de Carcassona.
Established in large part by elements preserved from the Middle Ages, after a period of abandonment, the city was restored with monumental purposes from the second half of the nineteenth century, involving Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, being declared World Heritage Site by Unesco´s program in 1997 and designated as Grand site national by the French state, being one of the most visited tourist centers in France.
The fortified city is situated on a hill on the right bank of the Aude River, opposite the modern city, and shows in different buildings and architectural elements defensive footprint from pre-Roman period, its abandonment in the seventeenth century and its subsequent recovery.
In his past has been on a protohistoric enclave, Gallo-Roman city, a Visigoth stronghold occupied by the Muslims, capital of the County of Carcassonne, the Viscounty of Carcassonne, to pass eventually to be headquarters of the French royal army and the administration of Carcassonne.
Surrounded by a double wall of 3 km in length, its interior preserves the appearance of medieval European towns with narrow, winding streets, half-timbered facade buildings, neighborhoods of artisans and guilds, but also with own elements such as the Castle of the counts of Carcassonne and the basilica of Saint-Nazaire.
Caunes-Minervois: Ancient fortified town of the Middle Ages known for its marble mines, the medieval fortified town and its abbey. This last was founded in 780. The oldest part of which has been preserved dating from the early eleventh century. The front door, sculpted, and the portal are Romanesque. The nave was completely rebuilt in the fourteenth century and the cloister was added. The current dome is from 1770.
Belmont-sur-Rance: This town is situated on a plateau overlooking the riviera of the Rance. We entered by the south side and we surprised to see at the top of the village the collegiate of Notre Dame, from the sixteenth century. It also highlights its old bridge, from the twelfth century.
(a 148 Km.) Brousse-le-Château: It is situated on a rocky promontory between the rivers Tarn and Alrance, 62 km from Rodez and 60 km from Millau. It is a medieval town with rich heritage where highlights the castle (built between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries) that is classified in the category of them plus beaux villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France).
(in 70 Km.) Rivière-sur-Tarn: We rest in this village.