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“Stunning views, but plan well”

Chateaux de Lastours
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lastours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Kent, UK
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Stunning views, but plan well”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile

Be warned, the paths and steps are uneven and a little scary in places. Once you leave the visitor's centre there is nothing, no emergency telephone, kiosk, first aid point, just 4 castles and a path/steps. Take sensible shoes, sun cream if necessary (very exposed) and take a drink with you. We went on a hot Tuesday and when we came down off the mountain found there was nowhere to get a drink. Not even a vending machine in the visitor centre. Otherwise I would give it 5 out of 5.
Despite the rough path, it feels wild and unkemp, no health and safety fanatics here.
Once up there you are treated to spectacular views of mountains both near and in the distance. The 4 castles here cling to the rock and provide wonderful photo opportunities. There is also the remains of a medieval village at the end of the site. You have to climb down and back up again, but quite interesting in the shade of the pines, next to the river.
We had a good day exploring. It was hot and we soon got thirsty, but great to be out in the open and such great views!

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North West England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Dramatic location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

We enjoyed walking up to the top where the chateau remains are situated has great views of the area. Also a good visitor centre, with Cathar history and info, some parts of the chateau further on can only be reached by car

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Best Cathar Castles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

Scenically and for the climb the best of all the Cathar Castles, but, be warned, its a substantial hike to get up there

Visited June 2012
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Stunning view of 4 castles perched on hills”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

The walk to the viewpoint was short and the view was well worth it. We arrived on a rainy day, so we were the only visitors, which made the experience even more breathtaking to see the fog curling around the mountains surrounding these Cathar castles.
Would have liked to hike directly to the castles themselves, but we were biking through the area and didn't have time.
If you're there during the summertime, try to make it up there for a light show or a firework show.

Visited June 2012
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Hampshire UK
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

Took about 40 minutes to get up but worth the walk

Visited June 2012
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