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Steep climb

We decided to climb towards the abbaye. A very nice (50m) walk with the children. Very steep but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Traveller_Tomasco
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Worth the hike up

We hiked up the hill in the early morning and the sun was not fully over the path....something for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
hali-in-cuba64
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Hammonds Plains,NS
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On an eagle's nest in the heart of the Massif du Canigou, the former Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin's discretely overhangs the valley since the XI century. A unique site just waiting to be discovered by the delighted rambler, with ist bell tower, marble capitals, the vaulted abbey-church and crypt... A jewel of early Romanesque architecture typical of this region.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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66820 Casteil, France
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We decided to climb towards the abbaye. A very nice (50m) walk with the children. Very steep but better than to pay a lot of money if you go by a 4x4 car (you need to). Once arrived it was really nice.

Thank Traveller_Tomasco
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your review. Did you take a guided tour of the abbey, too? Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked up the hill in the early morning and the sun was not fully over the path....something for everyone to consider as it is steep for those who do not regularly do this...go before the sun is over the path. It was totally worth...More

Thank hali-in-cuba64
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your sympathical review. Please talk to your friends about your experience. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 14 July 2017

This a good walk. You will feel your heart pumping. You will feel sweaty. You will wonder "where is it?". It is worth it. The view is brilliant. The building feat mesmerising.The peaceful atmosphere intoxicating. Walk back down through the woods - cool and creepy.

Thank Mark L
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your original contribution. Did you pentrate also into the abbey on the occasion of a guided tour? Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 9 July 2017

You can either make the steep walk up - seriously steep, I'm told you can do it in 45 minutes but i reckon you'd need to be pretty fit -or you can take the bone-jarring jeep ride at 15 Euros return. whatever - it's worth...More

Thank Thursday41
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Hello, Thank you for this nice review. It will surely contribute to promulgate our beautiful site. Kind regards, Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 19 June 2017

Not the easiest place in the world to get to and a bit of effort is needed to reach the Abbey on foot from the village of Casteil. The track is generally good and is used by occasional road vehicles, though not accessible to the...More

Thank Howard B
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice, exact and very complete review wich will be useful for our English visitors. You surely will also speak to your friends about your visit. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

An almost surreal place high up on the flank of le Canigou. This is a functioning monastry, and a very scenic one too. They even sell their crafts in the little shop next to the monastry buildings. Make sure to do the hike up to...More

1  Thank Mortenpaatur
Zeitlberger, assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hello, Thank you for your very nice advice. We are glad that you like our site so much. Please speak to your friends about the abbey. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 8 May 2017

We found this walk in the Sentiers D'Emilie Roussillon book and had tried to do it 18 months before, but the paths were closed due to mud slides. We were lucky to have a beautifully sunny day for our walk with not much wind and...More

Thank Mandy J
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Hello, thank you for your advice. I am astonished that you did not see on our website that the abbey is closed on Good Friday. As it is not possible on Tripadvisor to give you the URL of the page, I copied below the general...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Abbey set high up. Expect a 50 min walk to get to the top, not for the faint hearted or those with walking problems. We were too late to get into the Abbey but just walking round the outside was worth the long hike.

Thank HappLL
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice advice. Sorry that you could not get into the abbey. The hours of the guided tours are indicated on two boards before walking up. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 26 November 2016

At the end of a winding and seemingly endless road from Casteil lies the Abbaye St Martin. It seems incredible that anyone got the idea to build an abbey here, but the location is stunningly beautiful, and the early medieval architecture is as beautiful as...More

Thank Mortenpaatur
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Hello, thank you for nice and very realistic review. Please mention the abbey to your friends. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 18 October 2016

We walked up in 30 minutes(from start of the path)from Casteil car park. We parked near the Mairie/ Tourist Office but there is also parking higher up nearer the start of the path. There is also a cafe right next to the start of the...More

1  Thank rosserUk
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2016

Hello, thank you for your nice and very informative review. In autumn and sprigtime the shop is open only at the visiting hours, but in summer it is open all day. Please speak also about the abbey to your friends. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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kenryandub
1 June 2015|
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The path behind the abbey is closes at the moment because the risk of collapse is significant near the abbey. Sr Maria Petra, guide of the abbey
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