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La Couvertoirade

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Address: | Street of The Church, 12230, Millau, France
Phone Number: 33565612055
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Peaceful and unspoilt fortified Templar village

Unlike the similar, but larger Carcassonne, La Couvertoirade is not at all 'touristy' or commercialised, but rather a wonderful little time capsule that rewards the inquisitive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
NickBrum
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unlike the similar, but larger Carcassonne, La Couvertoirade is not at all 'touristy' or commercialised, but rather a wonderful little time capsule that rewards the inquisitive visitor. Upon arriving resist the temptation to stop at the closest parking space once through the automatic barrier, but instead keep driving until you reach the large car park with the toilets, as this... More 

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New York, NY
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Home of the Knights of Templar, so quite an important historical town. Although most of the buildings are converted to shops (similar to Mont St. Michel), the village is charming and easy to appreciate and navigate. Worth a detour if you are in the area or have a strong interest in the subject.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

It's quite touristy, but really quaint. The old knights templar tomb stones in the churchyard are worth a look at. You have to pay to use the car park - or you cant get out! But it's only about 3 euro

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Le Teilleul, France
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

It's probably one of the most authentic Templar villages, with lots of twisty streets and a fascinating church and Templar graveyard. However, we found it to be a little too touristy, being well stocked with shops and restaurants. Be aware that the parking is outside the village and the machine (at the time of this review) only accepted exact money..€3.... More 

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Arles-sur-Tech, France
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We now live in France but have lived in Italy for years before. Virtually any Italian hilltown of the equivalent size -- I'm thinking Calcata or Ceri or Bagnoregio -- is more attractive than this particular place. True, La Couvertoirade is not (yet) a rip-off, with decent restaurant prices and no postcard stands to speak of. But what is there... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Excellent atmospheric gem of a place. Less commercialised than Carcassone which we had visited a couple of days previously. A little off the beaten track but well worth the trip.

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glasgow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

It must get crowded in high summer (that car park takes a lot of coaches) but we missed the crowds in late May and strolled this beautiful, peaceful , tiny and ancient stone village with barely another soul about.Interesting Knights Templar history, an old castle and church. It is rated one of France's most beautiful villages and it doesn't disappoint.... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Was concerned from reading some reviews that this would be a tourist trap but nothing could be further from the truth. For a start 3 euros to park all day is nothing then the site itself is a lovely mixture of cafes, restaurants, craft workshops but most of all a great sense of the history of the place. Try walking... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Early May with the Mistral winds howling. We had the place to ourselves. It was pretty magical in a ghost town way that particular day. We tried to absorb the history and not the trinkets shops. Almost nothing of the Templar's is open to public in our experience.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

An absolute gem. Arrive early to beat the crowds - English audio guide very good. Sweet little shops and a unique experience.

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