Museum near Carcassonne 'the French Seduction' - the history of tourism in France
Museum near Carcassonne
This museum near Carcassonne, Lagrasse, Canal du Midi and Fontfoide in Languedoc, South of France, offers a rich insight into the fascinating story of how France became the world’s most important holiday destination.
If lucky, you're just a few happy miles away from a nice all-in experience, since this museum near Carcassonne, in Fontcouverte, celebrates a sense of place, the authentic, the unique, the small, the historic and the local.
It was not till after 1766, following the travel writing of the Scot, Tobias Smollett, that the British aristocracy started flocking to the Côte d’Azur for the winter season. But it was only after 1894, when Stéphen Liégard published his book entitled ‘La Côte d’Azur’ that this strip of Mediterranean coast got a name. At first it was only
- students on their ‘Grand Tour (the 17th- and 18th-century custom of a traditional trip to France undertaken by mainly upper-class young European men)
- parading royalty
- European aristocrats and pilgrims
who travelled to France.
Museum of tourism in France: the history of tourism
Thomas Cook introduced organized travel tours to France and Murray started publishing travel guides, not only just for Paris, but also for the French countryside. However, in the nineteenth century Paris and the French Riviera remained the hot spots for the well-to-do. In the UK, besides the short Bank Holiday introduced in 1871, a few days extra off were only added in 1938 and the beginning of mass tourism, including visits to Carcassonne, dates from not much more than 60 years ago.
The Languedoc region in France's south is one of the most visited. The countryside is dotted with vineyards and fortified towns. In the Languedoc, there are many small museums to visit. A must-see in the Languedoc Roussillon sights include the fairy-tale fortified city of Carcassonne. The museum 'French Seduction' in Fontcouverte is only 20 minutes from Carcassonne, this medieval city in the Aude département of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, located in Occitanie, the South of France. Carcassonne is one of the most interesting and impressive medieval towns in France. The history of Carcassonne dates back to Roman times. Its rich history makes it France’s most famous medieval walled city. Carcassonne is of exceptional importance because of the restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, a French architect and author who restored many prominent medieval landmarks in France. The citadel of Carcassonne was restored at the end of the 19th century and in 1997 it was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Carcassonne welcomes each year more than 3 millions visitors!
Museum near Carcassonne: the history of travel and tourism in france: ‘the french seduction’
This initimate 'the French seduction' museum near Carcassonne offers you a rich insight in an history almost everybody concerns: the history of migration, travelling and tourisme throughout the ages, in France. You are welcome in the museum in Languedoc near Carcassonne whole year round, also during winter or early spring. For other moments, especially 'off season', just call.
The tour in the museum takes appr. 50 minutes. Price € 7,-. Free for minus 13 years.
Museum ‘the french seduction’ near Carcassonne
2, Place de la Révolution,
11700 Fontcouverte (near Carcassonne) - Aude, Occitanie, Corbières, Languedoc-Roussillon
Museum near Carcassonne, Lagrasse, Narbonne, Fontfroide.