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Cathar Castles, Carcassonne

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • One of the most beautiful and preserved medieval castles, with its walls that depict stories by various periods and areas that have lived there. We feel a unique energy to wander through its narrow streets and squares, in addition to traverse the whole wall. A dream!
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  • 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 visi...  read more »
  • 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 pr...  read more »
  • Ever heard of the Cathars? They were big in this part of the world 800 years ago and they changed world history. If interested in them you could read some books about them, or come on one of these week-long tours, or better still do both. Highly recommended Tours. Thrilling history. This really is as good as it gets.
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