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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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  • The surrounding are beautiful, but they should reshape the expectations. The guide for foreigners is very short, nothing you won't find on Wikipedia. Half of the content are stones without any art... 
    The surrounding are beautiful, but they should reshape the expectations. The guide for foreigners is very short, nothing you won't find on Wikipedia. Half of the content are stones without any art...  more »
  • Lovely place to explore. So much history in one location. The walk up is not as bad as it looks and well worth the effort. Pack a picnic to take with. 
    Lovely place to explore. So much history in one location. The walk up is not as bad as it looks and well worth the effort. Pack a picnic to take with.  more »
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  • One of the highlights of our trip to this region. The entrance fee is very reasonable for the time you spend here and the views are worth every penny. The ticket office was helpful and informative. The walk is challenging in the summer heat but manageable and can be done in trainers without proper hiking boots. Take water and a hat if attempting in the midday sun.
  • The hike was quite nice. Not too strenuous though I wouldn't recommend it for those with low flexibility or mobility issues or small children as some of the steps are quite high or a bit tricky. The castles were beautiful and so interesting to see!

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