Travel back to the days of the Cathars on a sightseeing trip to 2 of their castles. Visit the Château de Quéribus and the ruins of the fortress of Peyrepertuse. Enjoy panoramic views of the Corbières. Stop for lunch in Cucugnan and more.
What to Expect
Visit the breathtaking ruins of 2 Cathar castles, starting with the Château de Quéribus (Quéribus Castle), also known as the "Citadelle du Vertige." Upon arrival, take in the views.
During the Cathar Crusade, Quéribus served as a shelter to the Cathars and is sometimes regarded as their last stronghold. After the fall of the Château de Montségur in 1244, the surviving Cathars gathered in the Corbières on a mountain-top stronghold on the border of Aragon (the present border between the Aude département and Pyrénées-Orientales). Quéribus is high and isolated; it stands on the summit of the highest peak for miles around and offers beautiful views.
Following lunch in Cucugnan, stroll through the medieval streets of the picturesque village. Go to the windmill, where you will be surrounded by vineyards. Visit a baker to see how they bake their bread in the traditional way. With the co-operation of the local farmers, the farmer works with old crop wheat varieties abandoned by the bearded Roussillon.
Then depart for the ruined fortress of Peyrepertuse. Peyrepertuse was associated with the Counts of Barcelona (later Kings of Aragon) and the name "Peyrepetuse" is derived from Pèirapertusa Occitan, meaning "Pierced Rock." The lower part of the castle was built in a strategic location by the Kings of Aragon in the 11th century, while the higher part was built at a later date by the French King Louis IX after the area was annexed to France. The 2 castles are linked by a staircase.
Peyrepertuse lost its importance as a strategic castle when the border between France and Spain was moved in 1659, resulting in the castle being abandoned. Located high on a defensive crag, the setting of the castle is impressive. From the approach road, it is difficult to see where the rock stops and the castle begins. The site dominates the Corbières and the sea, while the main part of the castle resembles the prow of a ship and runs along the top of an 800-meter (2,600-foot) crag.
- Transfers from your hotel to Quéribus, Cucugnan and Peyrepertuse
- English-speaking private driver
- Transportation by high quality 8-passenger minibus
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums and attractions
- Luggage handling
- Official tour guide (optional)