Visit the walled cities of France

Carcassonne hsivonen/Flickr

Carcassonne ©hsivonen/Flickr

France is a country which merits its prestige among tourists all over the world. There are innumerable destinations and visitor attractions in this country which make it a top tourist destination. This charming country attracts millions of visitors due to its unique natural and cultural heritage. In the previous guides I have presented you innumerable cities, regions, resorts, visitor attractions and other aspects relating to this country. Below I will give you some useful information about the walled cities of the country. There are numerous historic settlements which are very attractive for the adepts of history. If you also love history, I suggest you to visit some walled cities in France.


Located in the southern region, in Languedoc, the fantastic walled city, Carcassonne is perhaps the best-known walled city in the country. Old Carcassonne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of France and attracts numerous visitors every year. The city is fully enclosed by walls. The site was totally restored during the 19th century. Today it is a major tourist destination of the country.

Carcassonne hsivonen/Flickr

Carcassonne ©hsivonen/Flickr

Saint Malo

Brittany is proud of its old port city, Saint Malo of which old town was protected by walls. The city stands on a former island at the mouth of the Rance River. Since medieval times the old city has been protected by walls. During the 17th century Vauban, the well-known military engineer, redesigned the walls. The actual look of the walls presents his works. 

Saint Malo ho vista nina volare/Flickr

Saint Malo ©ho vista nina volare/Flickr


Franche-Comté’s best-known walled city is Besançon. The major part of Besançon’s old town is surrounded by defensive walls. The walls actually culminate in the fantastic Citadel of the city. Some parts of the wall date from the medieval times, but most of the fortification are actually the work of Vauban. It is not surprising that the fortified city makes part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


Avignon is situated in Provence and represents a fantastic fortified city of France. This amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be one of the most complete city walls in the country. The 14th century walls of the city are 4.3 km long. The walls were restored during the 19th century. The old town of Avignon and the Palace of the Popes can be found within the ramparts.

Avignon hsivonen/Flickr

Avignon ©hsivonen/Flickr


The fantastic walled town of Laon can be found in the region of Picardy. The settlement is dramatically sited on a hill. Laon is dominated by the breathtaking cathedral which dates from the 12th century. There are three city gates which remained largely intact, just like the major part of the walls. This small town is very attractive among visitors due to its fantastic walls and cathedral.

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