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Chateaux de Lastours, Lastours
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Chateaux de Lastours are four related castles on a rocky spur overlooking a village and surrounding valleys and rivers. The French Ministry of Culture listed this as a historic monument, and archaeological digs are still being conducted here. Cabaret castle is the primary citadel of the group. You can view a polygonal keep, a tower, ramparts with a round walk, and a crenellated wall constructed with irregular material. Tour Régine is the smallest of the fortresses, and you'll notice that its curtain wall has collapsed. This three-story tower flanked by a spiral staircase was built primarily with white limestone. Surdespine is the least-preserved of the four castles. It features a square tower, rectangular curtain wall, semicircular arched windows, and defensive "murder holes." The Quertinheux Castle has a circular tower and a polygonal curtain wall. By using our Lastours trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Chateaux de Lastours and other attractions in Lastours.
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  • The visitor centre is about to be updated which I think it needs. impressive views of the four castles from the viewing area but it looked like a long trek up the hills if you wanted to get closer. No...  more »
  • A magnificent stroll family or as a couple. A little physical but it is well worth the effort. True dive into the atmosphere of the medieval Cathar castles. And do not forget then the belvedere (included in ticket) which allows a sumptuous view of the castles and the surrounding area.
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  • An exceptional site! The rise may be a bit difficult especially with the heat. Provide water bottles! Get up there is just SUBLIME. The site is well maintained. A superb memory! Obviously must also go through the belvedere for another exceptional vision of the site. The person at the reception was very friendly.
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  • Incredibly nice site with ruins of four medieval castles in magnificent landscape. At the foot of the hill, you have to pay entrance fee of 8€, which is used for repairing of the fourth tower. The ticket includes an entrance to a viewpoint on the other side of the valley.
  • One of the "Cathar" castles with some serious legwork required to get to, and around the site; but well worth the effort. Don't miss the viewpoint across the valley
  • Easy hike through the black mountains and wonderful ruins that are striking from a distance.
  • Great place to spend 2 hours hiking some castles I
  • Incredible site that these 4 castles lined up on the ridge. He must give some of his person to climb but it's doable, even with a baby on the back! The castral village at the foot of the castle of Cabaret is very interesting. Off season, not too busy, GREAT!
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