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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. Use our Lastours trip maker to add Chateaux de Lastours and other attractions to your Lastours vacation plans.
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  • Chateaux de Lastours are 4 Cathar Castles located in Lastours, a little town in the South of France. It is a great ruined castle (in fact, they are 4 little ruined castles called Cabaret, Tour... 
    Chateaux de Lastours are 4 Cathar Castles located in Lastours, a little town in the South of France. It is a great ruined castle (in fact, they are 4 little ruined castles called Cabaret, Tour...  more »
  • Absolute must do! Incredible views and history. Recommend reading up before you go (if English speaking). English guide is good… but there’s so much more to know. Amazing site! 
    Absolute must do! Incredible views and history. Recommend reading up before you go (if English speaking). English guide is good… but there’s so much more to know. Amazing site!  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful places I've visited. Simply stunning: 4 castles over the small village of Lastours, one after another, with gorgeous views and very well preserved structures. Great information centre that you need to access before you get to the castles. If you're around Carcassonne, you can't miss these castles so closely linked to Cathar history.
  • Be aware that visiting this castle definitely requires around two hours of hiking and there are steep steps. We started visiting the hilltop with a view over the castles. We then descended the hill through a Forrest path until we reached the entrance to the castle. The view is exceptional and I would definitely recommend this

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