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Spaniards built Château de Salses, a Catalan fortress, in the 15th century to guard the border between France and Spain. The architecture and layout of the fortress represent an unusual example of the design transition between the classic medieval castle and the fortresses of the modern era. French forces captured the fortress in 1642, and it was used as a refuge during the Spanish Civil War. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Salses-Le-Chateau using our trip planner.
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Château de Salses reviews
Unusually for a Fortress this one sits on a plain which makes it a little more difficult to locate. Signage could be clearer. The good news is that there is plenty of parking either side of the... more »
We were quite impressed with the size and status of this 15th Century fort, part of the history of this area, protection from invasion. We had a guided tour and we speak French, but unfortunately... more »
What a pleasure we had in visiting this place once again as it had left us an unforgettable memory about twenty years ago when we were accompanied by children. The fortress represents a very... more »
Large Fortress that is interesting to see around. Information notices in the fortress are in French, English and Spanish. Included in the 8€ entrance fee is the opportunity to wander around yourself on the ground floor and then have a guided tour inside on the upper levels. The price is extremely cheap for what is on offer but be warned, there are many quite steep steps to navigate inside if you take advantage of the guided tour, it is also in French only. I would say the guided part of the visit was unsuitable for anybody with mobility problems because of the number of steep stairs, few of which have handrails. This is an important heritage site and is worth visiting even if you are only looking around yourself. The sheer scale of this place has to be appreciated. The tour guide was particularly good, he was very patient with the group of people visiting as some were a little tentative on the stairs and struggling a little. Additionally, as I have already mentioned commentary was in French only, however he spoke slowly, clearly and distinctly and explained things using gestures in addition to describing things in simple language. This was useful for us as we were then translating his commentary to English for an elderly visiting relative. Some fun things for children or family groups as there was a room of giant wooden games where you could easily spend an hour if you played each giant game. Nice gift shop with vending machines for hot and cold drinks and snacks. Lots of books about the Fortress in various languages, also many other books about other historic monuments in the area. Wonderful view from the top levels during the guided tour. Parking outside.
Great history! Amazing place. Tour guide spoke fluent English, after the your began, she refused to explain anything in English. I'd understand if she didn't speak English, but since she did know it, it would be nice to participate too.
Fort was closed 1.01. but we walked around it. Quite impressive. Would love to visit inside and hear a story of the fort. Maybe next time.
The fortress at Salses is an incredibly formidable fortification and a wonderful place to visit. Originally built by the Spanish in the 15th century to defend the historic border with France (at that time the Corbières hills), it lost its primary function when the border moved to its present day location. It has since been used for a variety of purposes, including a prison, but has been open to the public for more than 120 years. The thickness of the walls, strength of fortifications and the advanced design (for its era) are really remarkable. At €8 per person for the visit, which includes a guided tour of around 45 minutes, this is well worth a visit.
Surprising this magnificent fortress isn't better known
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