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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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  • A truly stunning place and so atmospheric. Head to the furthest castle early in the day and work your way back to avoid the crowds. 
  • It is worth a ride of about two hours (roundtrip) by nature. The castles are destroyed. It is not worth to see them, but the landscape is nice. The best is the view from the Belvedere.
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  • The Lastours castles are 20 minutes from the medieval city of Carcassonne. Are 4 castles to a height of about 300 m on the level of the sea. To the entrance of the village there is a parking free and following to the river is comes to the center of visitors located in an old factory. The entry is €6 per adult (7 from 2017). The walk takes about 1h30m. All are stairs fairly irregular with places to stop and not much difficulty, but there are many stairs. Bring water to the warmer months. A time above the castles are rather ruins, but the enclave is very beautiful and is a form of pass it tomorrow and walk something.
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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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