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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 2 July 2014

There are many castles you can visit in this region, but one not to be missed is the Cathar Castles at Las Tours. They are 4 fortress type structures built high up on a very steep range accessible only by foot. The walk up there is reasonably arduous but totally worth it. There is signage up there to give you added information but you do get a guide when you purchase your entry passes. The views when you reach the top are spectacular. The tourist board are in the process of improving the pathways, but I would still recommend a decent pair of boots.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

You get 2 for 1 by visiting these castles: the castles and the environment. The castles are all dramatically set on sheer cliffs. They are in poor repair but enough remains that one can imagine them in their glory.

The surrounding mountains and valleys are strikingly beautiful. Between Perypreteuse and St. Paul is a breathtaking gorge. The villages are quoin and beautify with buff rubble homes, churches, and windmills. We wish we had stayed in one of these rather than in Carcassonne.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

the remoteness of these Cathar strongholds, the tragic and defiant story oozing through the castle ruins, the spendor of the views from the various fortifications all make a visit to this region of France a must.

1  Thank JollyEmma
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Superb for us history buffs. Not too much walking once you get there. ......and the surrounding restaurants......ooooh.

1  Thank AmRogHor
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Although guided tours of the castle at Carcassonne are offered, they are only in French. Amazing to see the planning, forethought, and construction that has withstood centuries.

1  Thank RoadtripperFun
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