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Worth the steep walk

A Cathar Castle with stunning views. This one is off the beaten track. Lovely drive up from village... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen C
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Derby, United Kingdom
Enchanting cathar castle with great views

We stumbled upon the castle by accident on the way to Gincla. It is perching on a hilltop. You can... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2018
CrisPini40
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Lapradelle Puilaurens, 11140 Lapradelle-Puilaurens, France
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 August 2012

This is one of my favourite castles to visit in the Aude/Ariège area for several reasons. If you're driving from the Quillan direction you get a lovely drive through the gorges before you arrive. The road up to the château is not too scary (I'm...More

5  Thank davbratz
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 4 May 2015

This was our fourth Cathar castle - it certainly looked spectacular. However, the ticket office attendant was not accommodating, and we couldn't get to climb up to the castle. Although we were there mid-morning, the ticket attendant didn't have any change - not a single...More

1  Thank phil s
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A Cathar Castle with stunning views. This one is off the beaten track. Lovely drive up from village to car park. From the ticket office the walk is uphill over rough ground, firstly through trees then opens up as you climb zig zag up mountain...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We stumbled upon the castle by accident on the way to Gincla. It is perching on a hilltop. You can park at the bottom of the entrance. It costs 6 Euros to visit the castle site. There are also some toilets at the entrance. From...More

Thank CrisPini40
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Hidden in its own little piece of the world, this is a real time-travelling experience where you get a feel for what it was like to live in the middle ages in the Dungeon of the white lady on the tower at the summit of...More

Thank Pierre P
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Previous reviewers highlight that this is not a walk for those who find uneven or steep ground tricky. Note there are no services at the top. Amazing views in all directions over the forest and to the mountains on a clear day. Very helpful staff...More

Thank sesherratt
Chateau_Puilaurens, agent d'accueil at Chateau de Puilaurens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you

Reviewed 27 August 2018

An easier climb than some cathar castles. The view is stunning and the atmosphere matches. On a clear day it is fantastic scenery.

Thank colchesterain
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Spectacular Cathar castle towering above the little village of Lapradelle. You go through the village (coming from Axat) till you see the sign for parking for the castle to the right. It's a long narrow winding uphill road to a small car park from which...More

1  Thank PeBenson
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Warning, if you don’t or can’t do uphill walking pass on this one, because to get to the top to this important Cathar castle you need to walk a long time uphill through an interesting path! But apart from the good exercise, when you made...More

1  Thank rickyspa1
Chateau_Puilaurens, Propriétaire at Chateau de Puilaurens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018

The castle was effectively closed for archaeological excavations for a short time. It is now open every day until November. thank you for your visit

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We drove out from Carcassonne to see this old Cather Castle. It take roughly 90 minutes, traffic depending. The views below are great, but nothing compared to the views of the landscape from atop Château de Puilaurens. The castle itself is a ruin, fun to...More

1  Thank Kaiserfarrow
Chateau_Puilaurens, Propriétaire at Chateau de Puilaurens, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Thank you for your comment.

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We find it fascinating that people, so long ago, went to the trouble to build castles in such remote places. We've read about the Cathares and their persecution by Pope Innocent (if ever there was an inappropriately name pope!) And "Saint" Dominic. And when/if you...More

2  Thank Irish_Nana_Carmel
Reviewed 5 February 2018

This is well worth a visit.even if the walk to the top is a bit challenging! Excellent views and if you get the chance to drive by at night, it beautifully illuminated.

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