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Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou

66820 Casteil, France
+33 4 68 05 50 03
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Stunning setting for an abbey

Hard walk up to the abbey (at least 30-40 minutes) but worth every ounce of sweat. The abbey is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michele S
Deeply moving and beautiful

This is a really stunning place, a sensitively restored (rebuilt in part) little abbey, exceedingly... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Carregcennen
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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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On an eagle's nest in the heart of the Massif du Canigou, the former Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin's discretely overhangs the valley since the XI century. A unique site just waiting to be discovered by the delighted rambler, with ist bell tower, marble capitals, the vaulted abbey-church and crypt... A jewel of early Romanesque architecture typical of this region.
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  • Average4%
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“walk up” (6 reviews)
“steep climb” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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66820 Casteil, France
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hard walk up to the abbey (at least 30-40 minutes) but worth every ounce of sweat. The abbey is not all that unusual but the views are stunning, especially when you walk up to the view site above the abbey and look down at it....More

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Zeitlberger, guide à l'abbaye at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your nice evaluation. I hope you got a sheet in English in the shop. All important things are explained in the translation. Best regards, Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This is a really stunning place, a sensitively restored (rebuilt in part) little abbey, exceedingly ancient, amid heroic scenery of precipices, snowy peaks etc. On a sunny day in mid-December it's fantastic: no one there, and I had a lovely, richly informative tour from a...More

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Zeitlberger, Guide at the abbey at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

Hello, Thank you for your very nice review. We are glad that your visit at our abbey was so delightful for you. I congratulate you that you walked up in 20 minutes, but you were very fast! Normally, people who walk not too slowly take...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This is at least a forty minute walk up the mountain - and keep in mind that they close between noon and 14 hrs - which is the reason I am not giving them a five star reveiw. I had an excellent tour with one...More

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Zeitlberger, Guide à l'abbaye at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Hello, Thank you for your review. It's true that our opening hours can seem a little bit limited in October; we have two hours more from June to September. The life of the community needs time too. Normally the cashier should have warned you that...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

If you pass by this abbey you must stop to visit it. It takes at least 30 min walk to reach it after you leave your car or bicycle in the parking. If you're not fit, take your time and take walking sticks. You'll be...More

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Zeitlberger, Guide à l'abbaye at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Hello, Thank you for your sympathical review. Please speak to your friends about our abbey. Best regards, Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

To reach the abbey you need to go by feet from the city centre of Castell. A taxi shuttle is possible for 15eur pp and one can wonder why you would need to take z taxi if a road is available. Well the road is...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice review. We think that the site is worth to be visited for his nature and for his culture. The booklet of the abbey is translated in English and completes the guided tour. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Went here after reading about it on TripAdvisor. It is as stunning as is appears in everyone's photos. You can get a 4x4 Landrover up from Casteil which costs €15 per adult but it's a great walk up. There are two routes up from the...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for yor nice and very detailed review. A little remark : We propose guided tours in English for groups of 20 persons or more (booking necessary). Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to climb towards the abbaye. A very nice (50m) walk with the children. Very steep but better than to pay a lot of money if you go by a 4x4 car (you need to). Once arrived it was really nice.

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for your review. Did you take a guided tour of the abbey, too? Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We hiked up the hill in the early morning and the sun was not fully over the path....something for everyone to consider as it is steep for those who do not regularly do this...go before the sun is over the path. It was totally worth...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for your sympathical review. Please talk to your friends about your experience. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

This a good walk. You will feel your heart pumping. You will feel sweaty. You will wonder "where is it?". It is worth it. The view is brilliant. The building feat mesmerising.The peaceful atmosphere intoxicating. Walk back down through the woods - cool and creepy.

Thank Mark L
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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hello, Thank you for your original contribution. Did you pentrate also into the abbey on the occasion of a guided tour? Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

You can either make the steep walk up - seriously steep, I'm told you can do it in 45 minutes but i reckon you'd need to be pretty fit -or you can take the bone-jarring jeep ride at 15 Euros return. whatever - it's worth...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Hello, Thank you for this nice review. It will surely contribute to promulgate our beautiful site. Kind regards, Sr Maria Petra

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The path behind the abbey is closes at the moment because the risk of collapse is significant near the abbey. Sr Maria Petra, guide of the abbey
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