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Chateaux de Lastours

Route des 4 Chateaux, Lastours, France
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Lastours
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

These 4 castles are built along a spine of rock, so there is a bit of a climb to get to them. The path is good, and there are steps and handrails where needed, but do wear sensible shoes. Once up the views are stunning, bot of the castles themselves and of the surrounding countryside. Don't miss the excavations of... More

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful and exciting walk around the 4 ruins of the cathar castles. It is a challenge but absolutely possible with good shoes, time and a bottle of water. My teenage boys loved it.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I can strongly recommend this if you are in the area (nearest airpot, Carcassonne). You have to enter through a ticket office, I think it was about 6euros pp. Its well worth it! Then you climb up the hill, pretty steep, absolutely you do need walking footware, and would be impossible for the disabled. The views of the lovely countryside... More

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Manchester
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a super steep walk that takes you up to four picturesque castles, a round trip of around two hours. It's absolutely stunning, decent trainers/walking shoes required. We didn't have, but I'd recommend talking some water and a snack. Or you could do what a french family we saw did and take a bottle of red and crack it... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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197 reviews 197 reviews
96 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We drove through the spectacularly pretty little river town of Lastours up and around to the tippy top where we parked, paid and took a short little walk to the viewing platform opposite the castles on the other side of the gorge. Wildflowers were everywhere. The vista was grand. The castles are otherworldly. The town has a beautiful bridge, a... More

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Holt, Norfolk
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135 reviews 135 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

To think that over 600 years ago, they managed to build not one but four castles on a sheer site high up in the valley. The visitors centre is good and the walk is steep with hundreds of stairs. Handrails help, but you have to be prepared for a hardish climb. Go early, especially in summer. The views are lovely.... More

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

Park at the bottom carpark as per the signs and walk along the river to the entrance where you will be a ticket for 6 euros which will cover the walk to the top and the belvedere. It will take you about 2 hours to do the round trip. Be aware that the track is steep and has loose gravel... More

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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Given most negative views are based on unawareness of the location and terrain, here are 10 tips to make the most of this spectacular piece of L'Aude / Pays Cathare history: 1. You need at least 2 hours to make the most of it 2. Wear shoes, this is not really a sandal walk - lots of steps and fair... More

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our friends suggested a morning visit as we had booked a lunch for 1pm. They failed to tell us to wear sensible footwear (but that's men for you!) There are some very steep steps to negotiate so I would advise wearing trainers of some description (certainly not the fit flops I wore). Although not a clear morning, the views were... More

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WIRRAL, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We four seniors spent a pleasant few hours around the village and enjoyed the local Boulangerie/Patisserie for coffee and a light lunch. Free parking nearby close to the river. However, we soon discovered that a visit to the Chateaux involved a 2 hour plus steep hike/climb along a roped walkway - certainly not for the infirm or faint-hearted!

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