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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I have been to this region of France many times, but this was my first visit to Lastours.
From Carcasonne it is about a half hours drive. There are 4 ruins perched on top of the hills, and so the walk up was well worth it. With many of these ruins, it is more about the views. These were stunning, but one also got a sense of the village that once stood there. In a local guide book, it states that you have to be fit to climb up. I would not claim to be fit, just determined! Try not to do it in on too hot a day.

There is a good cafe in the village for a snack before and after. The attraction itself had a more expensive place to eat, but did not appear to have the charm of the cafe.

Date of experience: July 2012
1  Thank sarsells
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

Be warned, the paths and steps are uneven and a little scary in places. Once you leave the visitor's centre there is nothing, no emergency telephone, kiosk, first aid point, just 4 castles and a path/steps. Take sensible shoes, sun cream if necessary (very exposed) and take a drink with you. We went on a hot Tuesday and when we came down off the mountain found there was nowhere to get a drink. Not even a vending machine in the visitor centre. Otherwise I would give it 5 out of 5.
Despite the rough path, it feels wild and unkemp, no health and safety fanatics here.
Once up there you are treated to spectacular views of mountains both near and in the distance. The 4 castles here cling to the rock and provide wonderful photo opportunities. There is also the remains of a medieval village at the end of the site. You have to climb down and back up again, but quite interesting in the shade of the pines, next to the river.
We had a good day exploring. It was hot and we soon got thirsty, but great to be out in the open and such great views!

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Reviewed 24 June 2012

We enjoyed walking up to the top where the chateau remains are situated has great views of the area. Also a good visitor centre, with Cathar history and info, some parts of the chateau further on can only be reached by car

Date of experience: June 2012
2  Thank LMB1m
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Scenically and for the climb the best of all the Cathar Castles, but, be warned, its a substantial hike to get up there

Date of experience: June 2012
2  Thank GeorgeThePorge
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

The walk to the viewpoint was short and the view was well worth it. We arrived on a rainy day, so we were the only visitors, which made the experience even more breathtaking to see the fog curling around the mountains surrounding these Cathar castles.
Would have liked to hike directly to the castles themselves, but we were biking through the area and didn't have time.
If you're there during the summertime, try to make it up there for a light show or a firework show.

Date of experience: June 2012
1  Thank JoAnne B
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