The small city of Carcassonne is only twenty minutes from Montolieu. There are several out-of-town large supermarkets such as Geant, E.Leclerc and Carrefour, as well as budget stores Aldi and Lidl. But the best shopping experience is to visit the market on Saturday morning. But you don't need to spend a cent in order to soak up the atmosphere. Sit outside at one of the cafés and simply watch the hustle and bustle of the world go by while you enjoy a coffee and croissant. Parking is easy and cheap, and if you don't have a car there is a bus from Montolieu (ask for details at the Tourist Information Bureau).
No visit would be complete without going to the must-see fairy-tale castle, known as La Cité, which is walking distance from the city centre. Inside the walls of La Cité, which is free to enter and wander around, you will discover shops, houses, a school, hotels, cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as a lovely church. The architecture is truly breathtaking and highly recommended.