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Address: 11350 Tuchan, France
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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An interesting visit and great views

A real effort has been made to show how this castle might have looked and worked in the time of the Cathars. From the high vantage point you can see for miles across the valley... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2016
Mark W
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

A real effort has been made to show how this castle might have looked and worked in the time of the Cathars. From the high vantage point you can see for miles across the valley towards Paziols village.

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Toulouse, France
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122 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This little jewel gets five stars for the renovation work being carried out on the main structure. More modest in size than its overbearing neighbours Quéribus and Peyrepertuse, Aguilar is a pleasing detour after passing through Tuchan, a slightly weary-looking village at its feet. You're also unlikely to have Venitian-style swathes of tourists blocking its wonderful views the way you... More 

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Thank MilesCF
Melbourne, Australia
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163 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

This was Chateau No. 1 on our itinerary of our Cathar Way walk. Strikingly situated, it is well worth the visit. As with all of the Cathar castles there is solid climb up to it - make sure you have plenty of water with you. It's only a few km's from Tuchan and the walk through vineyards with continuous views... More 

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Thank Beaumaris32
Aylesbury
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321 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Another amazing Cathar castle. Not quite as good as Peyrepertuse or Cucugnan, but still well worth a visit for the views and the history. As ever its a bit of a climb, but its well pathed and marked, so no dangers.

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Puurs, Belgium
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Excellent castle that doesn't require an extreme climb, as you can drive almost all the way up there. We visited before noon, so before it got really hot, which is the perfect time, as there are also very few visitors. Nice views all around; the castle has a lot of nooks and corners which are all thoroughly described in the... More 

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Thank AnnVG
Queensland, Australia
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189 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

They have obviously done quite a bit of work since the last review. There are now two car parks, one above the other. You have to pay 3 euros 50 to go in unless you have the Cathar Castles pass, in which case it is 2:50. You get a surprisingly detailed booklet about the history and the architecture in English,... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

Long winding single track road with a few passing places. The walk up wasn't too bad but probably the least well preserved of the chateaus we visited. A lot of the chateau is in ruins but it is a good view from the top and if you are touring the Cathar sights it is worth a short visit.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Chateau d'Aguilar are ruins on the very top of a rock. You must hike a little (15 min) to get up there from the small parking area and entrance but it takes longer than an hour drive from Carcassonne. The roads are picturesque and lonely, almost no cars in sight for miles (no gas stations or food either so plan... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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112 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Only a short drive form Tuchan the sign posting is poor in places and as you wind through narrow roads in the vineyards you wonder if you took a wrong turn. Someone has kindly written "chateau" in yellow paint with an arrow on the road just when you begin to wonder. Thank you! Through the vineyards then up a very... More 

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4 Thank Anna F
Riding Mill, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

This was the nearest Cathar stronghold to the Gite we stayed in for our summer holiday. Now rather ruinous, the owners are working hard to preserve it in near original condition with only a few nods towards modern health and safety. An English guidebook was provided which was thorough and informative and there was a well stocked ticket office/gift shop... More 

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