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Château de Salses, Salses-Le-Chateau
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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. Add Château de Salses and other attractions to your Salses-Le-Chateau trip itinerary using our Salses-Le-Chateau family vacation planner.
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  • This was an unexpected visit en route to elsewhere. What a find. This incredible fortress is stunning and well worth a visit. We didn't have time to do it justice, but after walking round the exterior...  more »
  • The fortress of Salses is a beautiful building military, well preserved and restored. Free visit to discover some pieces as the stables, Chapel... However very disappointed the guided tour. The guide said that with a very academic level, limit primary school. Well I admit that he had children and that should interest them... but from there to do for more than an hour. Anyway not much more information written on the little leaflet handed a hospitality. When the Guide, let's say he had tendencies... frankly "catalan autonomist" who felt in these comments with the wicked french against the King Ferdinand of Aragon and blah blah blah nice... At least repeated 10 times during the visit. Wicked french going! (the catalan/gavatx squabble still exists) On the other hand, no word on Vauban who has similarly contributed to the building. In conclusion, pretty fortress has discovered... but still need a guide to the height.
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  • Highlight: Well maintained, beautiful architecture, historic, side views. Low point: Guided tour, lack of information, exhibitions without report instead. Old fortress that protected the border between the Kingdom of France and Spain, it was built by the Spanish in order to resist the improvement of artillery (passage of the Cannonball in the iron stone). The walls are very thick, and many loopholes are positioned inside even if taken by the enemy. The fortress was built to be able to withstand a long siege that eventually allowed the army of the King of Spain to come to their aid. From the top of the building, we have a view on the pond of Leucate, Corbières and the Pyrenees. The view is convenient for photo enthusiasts. It is also easy to get a better view of the entire building, including the inner court, the Dungeon or the defense towers. The building is well preserved and is part of the historical heritage of France. Vauban was able to bring his touch after the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees. Despite these various points which are enough to seek our curiosity, the visit of the fortress of Salses is two-step: a free and a guided part. We ran out of luck because the day of our visit, the place hosted a shoot at the level of the Dungeon, we so not have visited. Of course, we have been warned after paying the entrance (it is not very nice on the part of the staff), so it is impossible to turn around to return later. The guide we had, was catastrophic. He has been saying repeatedly that the film on the history of the building or the panels of information at the level of the free part say false things. What he said was true! To compensate for the loss of the tour of the Dungeon, he tried to compensate with a visit to places inaccessible to tourists usually, according to him, (like the toilet of the guards at the level of the ramparts, the top the chapel or tunnels used to move quickly within the fortress. I don't think that these places made up for the absence of the Dungeon, which was subject to change due to Vauban. Many exhibits are highlighted in basements, nothing to do with the place. Very difficult to find the interest, and to understand why. In short, we have been on this visit that isn't up to the history and the architecture of the buildings.
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  • It is necessary to see the top of the Castle go with the Guide. Which although sympathetic only speaks English and Spanish. Otherwise the visit is recommended, although a little expensive. 7' €5
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  • Visit this monument was very interesting with the guided tour that explains very well the history of this fortress. Hand in free visit, it lacks explanation and guidance. I learned a lot of things and the kids were happy.
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  • The good thing is that the castle is very nice and is easy to park the car. Bad thing is that you have to pay a 7.5e (for under 25 in the EU is free) to enter and inside there is very little to see, also most of the castle is taught in a guided tour offering only in French. In short, this well stroll out etc, but on the inside it is too expensive and not worth it.
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  • Impressive fortress which worth visiting.
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  • Superb fortress militairr with a guide who gives us want to listen to it
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