Located in the Languedoc region of the south of France, Carcassonne has become a popular holiday destination all year round. The ancient city is home to a beautiful walled citadel that dates back to medieval times and attracts millions of visitors a year.
Thanks to its location, Carcassonne enjoys a Mediterranean climate where summers are long and hot and winters are mild.
Weather in Carcasoone in December and at Christmas
December marks the arrival of the winter season in Carcassonne, although the weather remains rather pleasant even at this time of year. The average temperature is an agreeable 7°C while high temperatures can still reach 10°C during the warmest part of the day. However, nights do get quite chilly in the city, with lows that drop to 4°C and breezes that can make it feel cooler. It is recommended to pack some layers when travelling at this time of year to stay warm when out and about at night.
While winter is much less sunny than the glorious summer months, Carcassonne is located in one of the sunniest regions of France. As a result, holiday makers can still expect bright days with at least one hour of sunshine every day, even in December.
Rainfall levels increase slightly from November to December, but the weather is still relatively dry compared to other areas of the country. Instead of heavy downpours, the city experiences small showers and storms, with 50mm of rainfall which tends to fall over 10 wet days on average. Find out more about how these averages are calculated.
While December temperatures are some of the coldest seen throughout the year, this shouldn't put holiday makers off visiting the region this month.
The mild weather is more than suitable for sightseeing as long as you wrap up. What's more, some people actually prefer this time of year as there are less crowds of tourists around.
Holiday makers will be spoiled for choice when it comes to great accommodation in Carcassonne, even in off-peak seasons such as December. The city is well-equipped for tourists on any budget.
Hotels In Carcassonne in December
offers comfortable accommodation in a convenient location, next to the city's train station and the Canal du Midi. This three-star hotel is a good choice for couples or families, with clean and spacious rooms that sleep up to four people. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, while guests can also enjoy a hearty breakfast every morning.
For a peaceful stay,
is situated in a quiet spot just outside of the city. Attractions such as the walled cite and the castle are just 3 miles away and free parking is available on site. This hotel offers everything you need for an enjoyable stay, including rooms with TVs and private bathrooms as well as a restaurant.
provides a great base for exploring the city of Carcassonne. The hotel is located in the newer Bastide area of the city but is within easy walking distance of the old town and its famous sights. Rooms here are unpretentious and individually decorated in a bright and modern style.
Carcassonne is an excellent destination for food lovers. After a busy day of sightseeing, tourists can fill their stomach with delicious cuisine at one of the city's many restaurants, cafés and bars.
Le Trencavel Bistro
is a popular bar and eatery located in the centre of the old town just minutes from the famous castle. The small but stylish restaurant specialises in authentic French fare that's homemade and cooked to perfection. The traditional cassoulet is particularly recommended.
For something a little different to the usual French cuisine you'll find on most menus in Carcassonne, L'escalier serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine, with their homemade pizzas being the star attraction. The Mediterranean theme continues with the décor which has a cosy Spanish feel and is decorated with vintage-style wall art. A fun and family-friendly place for an evening meal.
L'Atelier de la truffe
Finally, visitors to Carcassonne should not miss L'Atelier de la truffe, a unique little restaurant that's all about truffles. From truffle-based dishes to a wide choice of wines, you're guaranteed a memorable dining experience here.
Thinsg to do in Carcassonne in December and at Christmas
During the last three weeks of December, visitors can experience a festive atmosphere in the city. The La Magie de Noel, or Magic of Christmas, sees the city lit up in Christmas lights. Among the festival's many attractions are an ice skating rink, a 72 foot Christmas tree, children's shows, a train to meet Santa, a Ferris wheel, a petting zoo and a range of unique, talented craftsmen selling their wares. These vary at different times of the festival.
In addition, the week before Christmas has added festivities. The Festival of Foie Gras is held during this week. During this week, the market at Salle du Dome sets up stalls that sell foie gras, in addition to other French specialties. Also, all the local restaurants and cafes feature foie gras in some way on their menus.
Visitors may also want to mark the beautifulChurch of St. Vincent o n their list of things to see while in the city. Located in the newer part of the city known as the Bastide area, this cathedral is a fine example of the Gothic style of the Languedoc Region.