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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  • I drove up to the belvedere for a birds eye view from the amphitheatre like seating opposite the four Cathar castles on a ridge. These castles held out for many years, resisting sieges in 1209 and...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit but wear sensible shoes and be prepared for some serious steps and rough terrain. Forget buggies while if you are not as fit as you could/should be I'd also think...  more »
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  • It's quite a walk up and the only way to get to them is through the old textile factory, paying 7€/person. Definitely worth it though. Gorgeous views and four castles' remains on the hills.
  • Lovely ruins to visit. I did all 4 castles and followed the new path back. Beautiful sights. 2 hour trip with a lot of uneven steps. Not very hard but not suited for small kids or people who can't endure a bit of physical activity. Worth the effort. Bring your own drink and snacks.

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