Probably Carcassonne is the best preserved medieval city I've seen. The imposing walls can be seen in the distance and, as we approach, it seems that at any time the Carcassonne castle will raise its weapons ready to deal with new disputes.
Next to the old city there is a huge parking area of several plants on land. We parked the car after a few laps. The rate goes by the hour and is paid when leaving the parking lot. We were visiting the city for 5 hours and it came out for 5.5 euros.
As in Venice, the city has become a tourist attraction and through the streets of the old town cars do not circulate and real life has given way to the fictional theater of tourism.
The crowded interior of Carcassonne in August
If you can, refrain from visiting Carcassonne in August. We did it at that time and the medieval city was crowded with tourism so the burden is general and there were few streets where we could feel the real force that transpired its ancient walls.
The fortress of Carcassonne is one of the greatest representations that we have left in good condition of the medieval era. The entire old town is protected under a double wall whose access is open through its imposing doors.
Inside we find the castle and countless alleys that meander through medieval buildings so well preserved that they seem unreal. Although it is also true that, today, we know Carcassonne as it is thanks to the work of the archaeologist Violet-le-Duc