I need a holiday.
The final half term of the school year always seems to wind up rather than wind down. Every day something new is added to an already full to bursting calendar. It is always the same at this time of year. The children are as exhausted as we are and it is that time when we start to think about how we will fill the six weeks of summer holidays.
Finding a fairytale location
We haven’t booked a family holiday this year, mainly due to the fact that my husband and I can’t agree on a destination. After a trip to America this year, we decided to stay in the UK this summer and try and find somewhere new to visit and explore. We have talked about camping or glamping to give the children a break from screen time but having read this article from Netflights.com about Fairy-tale travel with eleven locations that all look magical, I am now thinking that maybe a fairytale location might just be the thing.
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So where in the world would I find my ideal fairytale destination? For me, a fairytale destination is somewhere which is breathtakingly magical. Having spent quite a lot of time in France over the years, there are a few places there that fit that description. A country which boasts so many magnificent churches and remarkable castles, I had a few places in mind, some I had seen online and others I have visited or passed by. A difficult decision but in the end, I settled on the enchanting city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc region of the south of France.
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The French city of Carcassonne
The fortified city rises up as you approach, thanks to its hilltop position. Whether you visit during the day or the night. it is a truly magnificent sight with its medieval towers still standing tall.
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It is easy to see why Carcassonne is a popular tourist attraction. The Citadel with its impressive total of over 50 towers dominates the landscape, there is much more to the city. La Ville Basse is made up of streets filled with charming shops and cafés and dates back to the Middle Ages, long before the Citadel was built. The 17th century Canal du Midi runs through the city and is the perfect setting for strolling or cycling or maybe take a river cruise or simply stop by and have a picnic. An example of Gothic-Romanesque architecture, the Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus is stunning both inside and out and shouldn’t be missed.
If you are travelling with children, Le Parc Australien is a slightly unusual place to find in France. This Australien theme park hosts a number of native Australien species of animals. Also, there are fun activities such as panning for gold and learning how to use a boomerang. Just outside the city, you will find Lac de la Cavayère. This is an artificial lake with its own beaches and an array of activities in and out of the water. In the city, there is even a haunted house which may not be for the faint-hearted but may appeal to older children.
The historic Citadel
Last but not least, you can not visit Carcassonne without visiting the fairytale towers of the medieval Citadel. Listed as a World War Heritage site, it contains as much French history as it does archaeological history. People compare walking into the citadel like walking back into another time and there is so much to explore. Inside the Citadel walls sits the well-preserved Château Comtel which contains a fascinating museum. Or take in the breathtaking views from the ramparts. A slightly more unusual but highly recommended tour of the Citadel is on Le Petit Train. This train ride follows a picturesque route and guides you around all 52 towers.
People who have visited talk of history, atmosphere, stunning views, fascinating architecture and an unforgettable trip. It would seem that this is a fairytale destination worth visiting.
Where would your fairytale holiday destination be?
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