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Cathar Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Chateau de Peyrepertuse in the heart of Pays Cathare, Cathar country

Chateau de Peyrepertuse in the heart of Pays Cathare

In the wilds of the Corbière hills, on a limestone ridge 800m high, magnificent Peyrepertuse is the impregnable medieval fortress where 1000 years ago fleeing Cathars sought shelter from persecution by the Catholic church. Accessible to all with reasonable mobility, sturdy shoes and 6 euros, you can drive much of the way then take the shady, uneven path to the ramparts. The Mediterranean shimmers on the horizon and there are good views of neighbouring Queribus chateau.

Peyrepertuse, magnificent Cathar castle

Peyrepertuse, magnificent Cathar castle

Calm in the valley among the vines, there was a strong, warm wind blowing around the ramparts – don’t visit if the wind is strong in the valley. About an hour from our holiday home in southern France, take a diversion through the dramatic Gorges de Galamus and visit l’Ermitage, the hermit’s house, and Le Grotte de St Antoine (a mini Lourdes) on the way.

L'Ermitage, more accessible than it appears

L’Ermitage, more accessible than it appears

Medieval Camon

Camon, a Plus Beaux Villages de France, 5km from our holiday home in southern France, hosts the Fête des Roses each May (18th 2014). A spectacular display of colour and scent, the result many years ago of a gift from the Municipality to each householder of a climbing rose. The Abbaye dominates; spend a delightful morning exploring its ramparts, the church, and the narrow streets of the ancient village.

Fete des Roses, Camon, a Plus Beaux Villages de France, 5km from our holiday home

Fete des Roses, Camon, a Plus Beaux Villages de France, 5km from our holiday home

Medieval Camon, 5km from our holiday home in southern France

Medieval Camon, 5km from our holiday home in southern France

Whether self catering in our holiday cottage or a guest at our bed and breakfast, the restaurant at the Abbaye, Camon is a holiday treat.