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Review of Cathar Castles

Cathar Castles
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Ranked #3 of 72 things to do in Carcassonne
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

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!

Visited March 2013
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“This is why we went to Carcassonne”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The ruins were wonderful and the views outstanding. You could see forever. They are rather steep to get there but it is a must see.

Visited October 2013
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“If you are able to scramble to the top, a must do”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

The castles of Montsegur and Roquefixade ,the latter free, are well worth the climb, not only for the magnificent views(of each other amongst the rest) but also of the insight into the lives of the Cathars who lived and died there so long ago. Having made the effort a number of times now we would consider these places essential stop offs in a tour of this region.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful castles in a great setting”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

We visited Château de Quéribus and Château de Peyrepertuse during our trip - both very close to each other and perfectly doable in one day.

A long time lover of old castles and avid photographer, I was looking forward to the trip and wasn't disappointed. The scenery surrounding the castles are great, with beautiful rolling hills and jagged outcrops - and you can even see the sea on a clear day.

The castles themselves are obviously abandoned, but maintained. My only (very small) gripe would be that the maintenance is obvious in some cases.

On the way from the castles to our camp site in Carcassone, we also happened upon a small hamlet (2 houses and a church) called Auriac on the D212. Here we found what I had been hoping to see on the day trip - a totally abandoned old castle, overgrown and sans major maintenance. It was certainly off the main roads, so if you're interested in a windy drive through some lush scenery to see an abandoned castle, head to these coordinates: 42° 55.899', 2° 29.546'.

Visited July 2013
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Carcassonne, France
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“Castles everywhere!”
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!

Visited July 2013
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