This is one of the most famous and notorious Cathar castles. It is said to have been the location of the last Cathar stand and the mystery surrounding it is very interesting. The story goes that the people of the castle were protecting the Holy Grail, which was then smuggled out before they surrendered and were burned. You will need a car to get here, as it's a very remote location in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The journey up to the foot of the castle's hill is stunning, and when you get to the castle remains themselves the views are breathtaking. To reach the top, you will have to climb a narrow and very steep path. If you are not in reasonable shape, it will be quite difficult. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, such as hiking boots and bring something to drink. I recommend learning a little about the history of the place before going, as it will make the trip a lot more mystical. And make sure to bring a camera!
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