Cathar country

Cathar trail - hikes in Cathar country

Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the very first summits of the Ariègeoises Pyrenees, in the heart of the sunny Corbières, the cathar castles, the medieval towns such as Carcassonne, remain the living memory of a past time that made South of France a land of History and Patrimony : the crusades against the Albigensians, and long periods of war between France and Spain.

Come and discover this History, as well as a strong feeling of culture, an excellent gastronomy with many wines... A really fascinating region !!

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Cathare Country and its major sites : from Carcassonne to Foix

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from 595 €

7 days

6 nights

Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Ariège region, in the heart of the Pyrenean Piedmont, impressive stone citadels are standing : the Cathar Castles. Those fortresses remain the living memory of a tragical history that marked the South-West of France during the crusade against the Albigenses. Starting from Carcassonne and its famous medieval old town, you will go and discover the most famous sites and castles of the Cathar History. Firstly in the Aude region, you will have the opportunity to visit the Quéribus eyrie, the incredible fortress of Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens the archetypal bastion and finally Puivert, the home of troubadours. In Ariège, you will explore Montségur castle, the highest of the Cathar Castles, standing on its rock at 1207m of altitude. Then, before reaching Foix and its castle, you will visit the closest neighbour to Montségur, Roquefixade, perched on the top of an impressive cliff. Beyond the discovery of a territory and its rich and overwhelming history, this Cathar Country is full of stunning and varied landscapes, influenced by the Mediterranean and Mountain Climates that are merging here, but also by the Nature that dig gorges in limestone, carved rocky spurs and has always allowed mankind to use those natural ressources.

Self-guided walking Cathar country

Aude-Corbières : Cycling Carcassonne and the Cathar Castles

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from 685 €

8 days

7 nights

Mediterranean mildness, fantastic landscapes of the Corbières, vineyards, castles perched upon rocky outcrops, this is just a preview of what you can expect to discover during this colourful tour. In the Cathar Aude, some places steeped in history, such as Carcassonne, Lagrasse, or the Termes, Aguilar, Quéribus or Peyrepertuse Cathar castles, are still living testimonies of a recent past. A host of 7 exceptional Cathar castles and 2 abbeys will unveil their past history! All of these ancient strongholds are linked by sumptuous backroads in the heart of the Corbières and Fitou vineyards.

Cycling tour Cathar country

Cathar Castles in the Pyrenees - Quillan to Foix

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from 485 €

7 days

6 nights

Between Aude and Ariege, in the heart of Pyrenean piedmont loom imposing stone citadels, Cathar castles. These fortresses are the symbol of a tragic, political intrigue and drama that shook the South of France and marked the region. From Quillan, this itinerary will take you to Foix, in the heart of a territory steeped in history. First, in Aude region, you can visit Puivert and its castle, on the land of the Troubadours. From Comus and Pays de Sault, you will join Ariege and Montsegur castle, the highest of the Cathar castles, erected on its "pog" at an altitude of 1207m. Then, before to join the city of Foix and its castle, you will go to visit Castle of Roquefixade, near to Montsegur, perched at the top of an impressive cliff. This walking holiday combines a historical interest that stirs the imagination, as well as some memorable walking through lush, unspoilt mountains and valleys. Your itinerary follows the ‘Cathar Trail'.

Self-guided walking Cathar country

Cathar Castles in the Pyrenees - Quéribus to Quillan

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from 485 €

7 days

6 nights

Between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of the region of the Corbières you will find the imposing, mystic stone castles of the châteaux cathares. These castles represent a tragic, political and religious intrigue that shook the South of France and marked the region. During the week's walking you will discover landscapes of natural beauty, lush valleys and rolling hills. You will discover an interesting page of France's history along with some good local food and wines. The trails pass through a whole variety of terrain, each day is different, the vegetation, the ‘garrigue' is fragrant and often full of colour. Your itinerary follows the ‘Cathar Trail'.

Self-guided walking Cathar country

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