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Cathar Castles, Carcassonne

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See the World Heritage-listed walled citadel at Cathar Castles and get a glimpse into one of the most dramatic periods of French history. Locals often refer to these castles as "cinq fils de Carcassonne," the five sons of Carcassonne. Built by the French kings to protect the country's southern border against invasions from Spain, the structures stand on spots once occupied by small but heavily fortified villages. Abandoned after France and Spain signed a peace treaty in 1659, the fortresses lost their importance and slowly fell into disrepair. Restored in the 20th century, Carcassonne's castles and their citadel now serve as the region's main tourist attractions. Put Cathar Castles into our Carcassonne tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Carcassonne is a must see if you are in the area. I first had it done as a one and done site. However I feel I want to go back and stay in the Bishop hotel and have the full experience of staying over...  more »
  • such a place intrigues everyone who visits it you can almost imagine being in the past there, it is well worth a visit  more »
  • So incredibly beautiful. It is a long walk but well worth it. We did every thing and spent the best part of a day there. I would defiantly go back the views were amazing and the castle is just stunnin...  more »

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Where to stay in Carcassonne

Although the picturesque La Cite is a tempting place to stay, consider the quieter and more affordable La Bastide Saint Louis down the hill. La Bastide provides easy access by foot to the walled La Cite for daily tours and peace and quiet after dark.
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