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Cathar Castles

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Address: Carcassonne, France
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Extremely interesting a must place to visit

Very informative visit through medieval castle overlooking the city of Carcassone with wonderful views at every direction . As you enter the gates you have a wonderful array of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Tillicoultry, United Kingdom
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Tillicoultry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very informative visit through medieval castle overlooking the city of Carcassone with wonderful views at every direction . As you enter the gates you have a wonderful array of gift shops and restaurants some the usual tacky tat but others exceptional as you climb up to the inner keep of the castle . You can also go into the cathedral... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed walking around the old medieval fortress at Carcassonne. It has many charming shops and eateries but was a little too commercialised for our liking. It does look good from a distance though.

Thank Pechfoodlover
Nelson Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

The walk up from the new city is daunting - try parking higher up ! (Do-able in winter) the entrance fee starting at 8.50€ is totally worth it – the history, the architecture, the stone masons work, the church - stained glass is amazing -- even the "tourist" shops are great - food is good - pick your time to... More 

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Montseret, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

To visit the Cathar castles is quite a tour of the Languedoc. If you are into history, it's a must. You can start, like we did, by the Mediterranean coast and then meander through the valleys of what used to be border country between France and Spain, all the citadels, until you reach the ultimate stronghold at Montségur. En route... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Simply a stunning example of a castle set in the centre of a medieval town, i was given to understand that it has been the location for a number of movies, so in many respects it speaks volumes. Walking the walls was excellent and we could reach a lot further than we expected as you are able to almost circumnavigate... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The climb up to the castle is somewhat daunting but it is well worth it for the spectacular views and for the sense of achievement. There is not a great deal to see of the castle except for the outer walls, the inner courtyard and the footprints of the residential elements which cling to the rock faces outside. However, just... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Scattered all about LANGUEDOC. So impressive evoking a savage history. Glorious drives in the Pyrenees to get there.

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Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

These castles must been seen, tourists information will provide you with a list. The castles in the Pyrenees are out of this world, need to be seen to be believed. Get out there and enjoy.

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Leyland, Lancs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We visited the Cathar site at Lastours, a short distance from Carcassone. The parking was some distance from the visitor centre / entrance, but was a pleasant walk. Access to the site was via the visitor centre, and was not expensive -- the paths and ruins have to be maintained! Reaching the 4 separate castles involved some strenuous walking on... More 

Thank shieldslad
Peopleton, Worcestershire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This visit is not for the faint-hearted; it is not easy to access the castle but the effort is well worth it. There are magnificent views from the castle and the remains are interesting ans thought provoking. You get a good audio-guide for the visit.

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