Located in the beautiful Languedoc region in the south of France, Carcassonne is a small but extremely popular holiday destination, namely thanks to its impressive medieval castle and walled fortifications, which are known as the Cite de Carcassonne.
The region is one of the sunniest places in France and has a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.
June marks the beginning of the summer and with it comes the peak tourist season in Carcassonne. The city sees approximately 3 million visitors a year and many of these choose to visit at this time of year.
The average temperature at this time of year is a warm 19°C while highs often reach sizzling peaks of 24°C during the day, which can feel very warm in the city. Luckily, nights are cooler and more comfortable in Carcassonne, with lows that drop to 14°C on average. This provides pleasant conditions for al fresco dining and evening strolls around the ancient cobbled streets.
Sunshine is also in abundance at this time of year and days are getting longer. Holiday makers can soak up an average of 7 gloriously sunny hours each and every day.
Rainfall levels have dropped quite steeply from May to June, and Carcassonne only sees around 40mm of rainfall throughout this month, which is minimal. This rain generally falls over 6 wet days per month, but most days will be clear and dry.
Some people recommend avoiding the city during the peak season months of June, July and August because of the crowded atmosphere and the warmer temperatures. However, this excited, packed-out atmosphere may be exactly the type of vacation you are looking for. It's hard to argue with the multitude of people who visit during the summer months in order to experience all the benefits of Carcassonne.
For more up-to-date weather information before you travel, check out the weather forecast for Carcassonne.
Tourists will find many great accommodation options to suit every budget and need in Carcassonne, but June can fill up rather quickly so make sure to book ahead.
With high temperatures, a hotel with a pool is highly sought after in the summer months. Mercure Carcassonne Porte de la Cite has its own outdoor pool and terrace with beautiful views of the Cite de Carcassonne. The hotel is ideally located just a short stroll from the centre, making it a great base for your holiday. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and feature air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.
For an affordable stay, B&B Demeure Saint Louis is a budget-friendly but stylish option. Set in a grand 18th-century mansion with a floral garden and terrace, the B&B provides a peaceful retreat where guests can relax after a busy day of sightseeing. Breakfast is served daily in the elegant dining room.
If location is top of your priority list, Résidence Adonis La Barbacane is a great choice as its located at the foot of the Cite de Carcassonne within minutes of the city's main attractions. The hotel features a contemporary style and each room is well-equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TVs, internet and a kitchenette.
Like much of France, Carcassonne has an amazing dining scene that is sure to impress food lovers. There are a huge choice of restaurants and cafés for holiday makers to choose from, both in and outside of the citadel walls.
One of the most highly-rated restaurants in the city is La Table de Franck Putelat, a fine dining eatery that serves French cuisine with a contemporary flair. This gastronomy restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars for its exquisite flavours and excellent tasting menus. Food is served in an elegant and refined dining room.
On warm summer days, the vine-covered outdoor terrace at La Courtine is a perfect place for an enjoyable lunch or dinner. This cosy little restaurant serves a selection of French and Mediterranean cuisine such as homemade pizzas, salads and steaks.
Finally, no trip to France would be complete without indulging in a traditional French crepe. Find them at Creperie Le Ble Noir, an authentic crepe restaurant located in the centre of downtown Carcassonne. The menu features a range of sweet and savoury crepes that are piled high with delicious toppings, from ice cream to smoked salmon.
June is a bustling month in the city and holiday makers will discover plenty of fun events and activities to keep them busy.
June opens the Carcassonne Festival, a famous event that's been running for over ten years and encompasses about 120 different shows (around 80 of them are absolutely free of charge). The shows highlight the unique culture of the French. The festival includes 10 stages that host performances in opera, dance, theatre, and all types of music.
A unique attraction that both adults and kids will enjoy is the Forest Acrobatic Park, which opens this month. This exciting park houses seven rope and obstacle courses that wind through the forest and cater to every age and ability level. The obstacle-course park is open from 1pm to 6pm daily and is a great way to spend a day in Carcassonne.