Carcassonne, Lastours, Queribus, Peyrepetuse, Villerouge-Termines, Puillaurens to name but a few. Some, like Carcassonne and Villlrouge-Termines have been restored and give insights into Catharism. At Arques, in the village there is a museum devoted to the history of Cathars. There are others. Some of the castles are ruins, such as Queribus and Peyrepetuse but once you have climbed up to the top of these the views are stunning but do take stout walking shoes. High heels, flip flops and sandals are useless unless you want to crawl up (some people have been seen doing just that!). You also need some tolerance of heights. Vertigo sufferers won't get very far. But once you start looking at this aspect of history you can easily become totally engrossed in it.
On the Cathar trail it is worth visiting Minerve and Beziers, both places where the population was executed to death by burning.
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