I have always been attracted to walled cities and towns. It’s because I know that usually, there is a wealth of history and attractions hidden behind those walls. Walled cities generally occupy strategic points that can be better defended and would be safe havens for the area’s citizens in times of strife. There are also a sign of power and influence so you know that there are definitely treasures for the visitors beyond the stone edifices. Here are some of my favorite walled cities around the world.
1. Carcassonne, France
Carcasonne in Languedoc, the south of France is incredibly beautiful. Identified as a strategic site and fortified by the Romans, it was founded as a settlement in the 5th century by the Visigoths. It is one of the most well preserved walled cities in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everything you imagine from an ancient fortified town is here, including a fully-restored castle that has a drawbridge, towers and battlements. There’s a bridge across the River Aude which is a delightful walk offering terrific views. There is tons to see and do in the massive citadel atop the hill and the Ville Bas (lower town), and the surrounding scenic countryside has plenty of little traditional villages and towns vineyards to visit too.