Carcassonne and the Cathar country

The ramparts of Carcassonne|Photo David PronkThe Château de Saissac|Photo PethrusThe Châteaux de Lastours|The medieval town of Lagrasse|Photo J. PazamThe village of Minerve|Photo IsabelleThe giant Cave of Cabrespine|Photo Sébastien Vialaneix

Description
Themes : heritage, culture, week-end,

Carcassonne, a city of memory which has 2500 years of history. It has two monuments included in the Unesco World Heritage: the Canal du Midi and its medieval city.

Then an incursion of about 190 kilometers in the Cathar country. Visit Saissac, Lastours, Arques and Villerouge-Termenès Châteaux that are outstanding examples of medieval military architecture. Also see Minerve and Lagrasse classified «Plus Beaux Villages de France» As for the amateurs of emotion, the giant Cave of Cabrespine which is one of the largest caves in the world open to tourism.


Accomodation
Hôtel l'Aragon, Carcassonne, France (en)
Hôtel
Situated just 50 metres from the historic town of Carcassone in the Aude region, Aragon is a charming hotel....
Bed and Breakfast dhôtes Palmiers Cité, Carcassonne, France (en)
Hôtel
Set on a 2500m² garden, Chambres d'hôtes Les Palmiers de la Cité is located 300 metres from the fortified city of Carcassonne....
Guest house Chez Shona, Lagrasse, France (en)
Hôtel
Located in Lagrasse medieval village, Chez Shona is set in a stone house and offers guestrooms and a self-catering studio. Free Wi-Fi access is available....
The stages
A
Carcassonne
Carcassonne, a city of memory which has 2500 years of history. It has two monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage: the Canal du Midi and the medieval city.
B
The Château de Saissac
The ancient Cathar Castle of Saissac was the residence of a powerful family of the Saissac. Two restored halls House a museography on Treasury monetary Castle, consisting of 2'000 money dated XIlle century.
C
The Châteaux de Lastours
The four castles of Lastours belong to one set even if they have no common structure. They are part of the road of Cathar castles.
D
Chasm Cabrespine
The giant Cave of Cabrespine is one of the largest caves in the world open to tourism. It has two fundamental characteristics: the vastness of the publicly accessible room and variety of its crystallization.
E
Minerva
Former Cathar stronghold situated between Cevennes and Montagne Noire, Minerva is classified "Most beautiful Villages of France". It forms a beautiful set with its this natural setting, its bridge and its houses perched on a rocky outcrop.
F
Lagrasse
The medieval town of Lagrasse is classified «Plus Beaux Villages de France» The benedictine Abbey of Sainte-Marie is an architectural gem, founded in the 8th century who enjoyed a significant intellectual influence.
G
Castle Villerouge-Termenès
Castle Villerouge-Termenès is an outstanding example of military architecture essentially dating from the 13th century. Four towers occupy the corners of this book fortified quadrangular plan.
H
The Château of Arques
The Château of Arques is part of the road of Cathar castles, it is remarkably preserved. It consists of a quadrangular enclosure
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