Visits in the Cathare area
In spectacular natural settings, discover the castles, abbeys, medieval cities and museums of ‘Pays Cathare’. You will find 21 exceptional sites
The city of Carcassonne is a medieval architectural ensemble located in the French city of Carcassonne in the department of Aude, Occitanie region. It lies on the right bank of the Aude, southeast of the current city. This fortified medieval town, whose origins date back to the Gallo-Roman period, owes its fame to its double fence, which is nearly 3 km long and consists of 52 towers, which dominate the valley of the Aude. In the city there is also a castle (the castle of the count) and a basilica (basilica Saint Nazaire).
The town Collioure, pearl of the Vermeille cote, is very popular for the painters. A destination that could have come from a postcard, with the royal castle on the sea, the harbor with its characteristic boats, pebble beaches, terraces, the old town with scolorful facades and the legendary bell tower with its pink dome! The beautiful town that can be admired from the chapel of the island of Saint-Vincent, from the promenade at the foot of the castle, or at the garden of Pams.
Girona is ideal for those who want to taste the typical Spanish atmosphere but at the same time want to avoid the bustle of Barcelona. Girona is an old city that is crossed by the rivers Ter and Rio Onyar. You can also do some shopping and enjoy on a terrace in Girona.
Narbonne is the largest and most populated commune in the department of Aude. The town is crossed by the Canal de la Robine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Located in the heart of the “Regional Natural Park of Narbonnaise in the Mediterranean”, Narbonne also has other natural sites classified , like the massif of La Clape and that of the abbey Sainte-Marie de Fontfroide and the pond of Bages-Sigean. You can also visit the Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur Cathedral, located in the heart of the city.
Perpignan (Catalan: Perpinyà) is the capital of the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, in the Occitanie region of South-East France. Perpignan is known for the typical Catalan atmosphere. It is also a Catalan city of medieval origin and is located in the French part of this historic area. Good spots for sightseeing in the city are the Palace of the King of Mallorca and the Cathedral Saint Jean.