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“beautiful, historic place unspoiled by development and mass tourism”

Chateau de Commarque
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Chateau de Commarque - Into the Heart of History As a real natural jewel preserved from any modern footprint, Commarque is a fragment of the fresco of history. Follow the footsteps of Man over the 150,000 years of history in this closed valley where the prehistoric cave of Commarque. Go back in time through the landscaped troglodyte fort, the noble houses, the fortified castle including its dizzying dungeon. Live a fun and informative moment, thanks to both guided and self-guided tours, through the medieval treasure hunt, the many workshops and games of yesteryear, the different exhibitions and projections. 2018 new features : Dive into the bowels of the fortified castle and discover for the first time the lower Roman and Neolithic rooms. New look for Commarque with the complete 3D layout of the site. Scenography reinvented on the Prehistoric Cave of Commarque. The Moondays de Commarque (nights every Monday in July and August).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 2, 2013

One of the most beautiful ruins I've ever been to. To get there you have to walk 1km from the parking lot through a forest path, and when you do get there, aside from the ruins themselves and another ruined castle across the valley, there is virtually no human development visible - there are miles of forest visible all around. And then the ruins themselves - there's been only a minimal amount of reconstruction done, which means you get to see a lot of it in its semi-raw state. It's quite impressive. And built over man-made caves as it is - the original caves are prehistoric. Loved it.

5  Thank saikou
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"ten minutes"
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We went to visit the chateau on a friday afternoon. Easy to find but a bit off the main roads. A long walk from the car park to the chateau itself. The chateau is spectacular but it will probably take you 90 - 120 minutes to visit. There are many interesting ruins including caves dating back about 13000 years which were used by prehistoric man and used by more modern peoples upto the middle ages. The view from the high tower is spectacular. At 7 euros for an adult this is a very reasonable charge. You do need to be reasonably fit and mobile. We got back to the car park somewhat exhausted. Toilet facilies only available at the car park.

4  Thank Neil M
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

There's a five-minute walk down a leafy path to get to the site, where a ruined fortress complex sprawls across a steep hillside. We foiund scrambling around the site fascinating and fun; the Chateau is still in the process of being excavated, so this isn't an antiseptic, renovated, Disney-fied castle tour. It's self-guided, but the the printed guide is one of the better, more informative narratives we've been handed in any museum of any kind. Well worth a look.

4  Thank LosAngelesLenny
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The chateau is located in a small valley, surrounded by forests. The tour is not guided, but there are folders with more than enough materials available in various languages.
The walk from the car parking takes few mins and it's important to listen to the signs mentioning that there are no toilets in the site (bathroom is available in the parking place).

The history of the site begins with prehistoric caves and continues to middle age settlement in caves and buildings, such as chapel, noble's house, oven house and the magnificent fort with it's Roman and Gothic towers.

The amazing thing about the site that it is so well preserved and you are able to access almost anywhere! Therefore it is a perfect place to take also children and excite them with kings and knights stories as it is so easy to imagine.

I loved it!

2  Thank Dana A
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

A little hard walking, but if you're okay with that, this site is well worth your while. It's quite a large, meandering kind of place. We enjoyed it.

1  Thank WALTER S
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