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“Young musketeers will love this castle”
Review of Fortress of Salses

Fortress of Salses
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Salses fortress was built between 1497 and 1504 by the Spaniards to protect their northern province of Roussillon which was finally conquered by France in 1642. Behind the defensive walls the complex fortress features buildings on three to six levels linked by a maze of corridors and walkways. The fort incorporates three independent sections: the living quarters, battlements and the keep. Open:> 1st June to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st October to 31st May: from 10 am to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed January 26, 2014

A quirk of history means that this is one of the best preserved castles anywhere. You do need to go on the guided tour to see all of it. The tour is in French so young children (even French ones !) may get bored. The guide tried hard to be entertaining - a big problem when the castle was besieged was a lack of fromage frais ! On the other hand there's acres of space for young musketeers to let off steam in.

Unlike similar attractions in the UK, there is no cafe. There's lots of space outside for a picnic.

Thank IainGKing
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Well worth a visit when you are in the area. If you have an interest in the history of this part of France the place is worth a visit. The guide was very good and the tour around the fortress is exiting both for adults and children.

Thank Christian I
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I totally agree with much of the comments made about the highlights outside Perpignan; however, there has been a screw up in the comments. The first recommended place is the Chateau de Salses and the second is the fort of Salses. Please note there is an error as both places are the same. We spent time looking for both sights, but found out they exist as one monument

2  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I totally agree with much of the comments made about the highlights outside Perpignan; however, there has been a screw up in the comments. The first recommended place is the Chateau de Salses and the second is the fort of Salses. Please note there is an error as both places are the same. We spent time looking for both sights, but found out they exist as one monument

8  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I though this was an amazingly clever building. Like some of the other reviews said it was made new. Not like other fortresses often renovated.
Clever ways to defend it. Built like a maze. Even holes in the kitchen to shoot from might the enemey get that far.
To bad our tour guide didnt speak english. And our frensh is kinda weak so we barely got anything from what she said. But it were the nice parts of the fort.
The free entry for under 25year old was also a bonus ;)

Definatly a good place to visit.

3  Thank Nrtn
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