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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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  • Walked up. Did not think too hard for healthy adult or school age child. Great views. Stayed in Cucugnan close by  more »
  • My wife and I have never climbed as many steps as we did in two days visiting four of the Cathar Castles. But it was always well worth it. Cost to enter is reasonable at around Euro 6 to 8 per adult p...  more »
  • Worth the climb for most of them Aguilar which one of easiest access was just so so The 4 others we did were really interesting  more »