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Review of Cathar Castles

Cathar Castles
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35 Minutes Cathar Castles Tour by Helicopter
Ranked #3 of 73 things to do in Carcassonne
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Most are worth a visit , but if I had just one site after Carcassonne , I would recommend a vist to Lastours. The viewing point is set high over a valley in which you can actually see the remains of 5 castle , for those fit enough you can enough walk the steep pathways up to them.Close by at Salsigne you can also see the last working gold-mine in France. A good day out in spring and / or autumn, but might be a trifle hot for some folk if you go in the height of summer!

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Wear comfortable shoes and it gets windy (our visit in October). We "toured" with one of the guides who we met at the tourist information. 10euros per person and very worthwhile as he was very knowledgeable. our 2.5 hour trip was quite tiring as we did a lot of walking around the castle and then across the bridge and into the city to see the canal. Eating in the castle perimieter was more expensive than eating outside (our experience obviously) and we had a lovely meal in the Traveller (not sure of spelling) but local food and well cooked. Don't forget your camera.

2  Thank Sue S
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

Loads of such differing castles in beautiful locations. Good choice is to pick the ones that suit you and in some cases the level of fitness. Enjoy the route mm TTY the villages and the wide choice of wines and places to eat. The castle at Lapradelle-Puilaurens is well worth the hike to the top with stunning views of the valleys below.

1  Thank JonBunston
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Went to Chateau Puilaurens and Chateaux de Lastours which were fascinating. Climbing up steps and stone paths was a good workout but worth the views. Very few tourists while we were there.

1  Thank veniceLafayette_CA
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Fantastic array of castles of all shapes, sizes and positions across the region.
Nearest to Carcassonne is Lastours (about 25 min north - follow Mazamet on ring road until you see signs for it). Amazing collection of towers on set of hilltops above village. Quite strenuous access but fascinating exploration, with one tower particularly well preserved.
One castle not stuck high up on a crag is Arques, about an hour south, through Limoux, turning off the main road at Couiza. This is a complete tower sitting in a field near the road, virtually intact with access to several floors. You can combine a visit with a trip to nearby Rennes-le-Chateau, with its vast views, links to mysteries and role in 'The Da Vinci Code'.
Another nearly complete castle is at Villerouge-Termenes but be sure you are ready for countless narrow blind bends on the journey there - it's about as deep as you can get into the wild Corbieres hills.
The big three further south (1hr.30 and more...) are Queribus and Peyrepertuse, near Cucugnan, both in amazing positions. Both have a longish climb up from the car park. Peyrepertuse has more to offer the castle addict, perhaps, if you have to make a choice... Puilaurens is about 25 west, either over the pass to Maury, with spectacular views, or through the amazingly deep and narrow Gorges de Galamus, where car handling confidence( and a small car) come in handy. This castle is well preserved and impressively sited but the path up to it is rough and steep!

5  Thank walkingphil
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