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Cathar Castles - Stage 2 Languedoc-Roussillon

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Cathar Castles - Stage 2

Continue from Quillan to Foix via Montségur

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Cathar Castles - Stage 2

Discover the unique history, wonderful food and elegant wine of this fascinating region, with its lush meadows, vineyards, and distant snow-capped peaks. Follow ancient trails to the precariously perched ruins of Cathar castles, and stay in small, unspoilt Pyrenean towns and villages.

You can choose to combine this second stage with the first stage for a 12 night holday - day 6 of the 1st stage is followed by day 2 of the 2nd stage, totalling 12 nights.

Holiday Highlights

  • Ancient trails and snow-capped peaks
  • Perched ruins of medieval castles
  • Lush meadows and vineyards
  • Impressive Gorge de Frau (Gorge of Fear)

What's Included

  • 6 days walking
  • 6 nights half board
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes

Starting Days

You can choose to begin this holiday on any day of the week.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Quillan day 1

    Summary

    Arrive at Quillan and settle into the 3-star Hôtel La Chaumière. Explore the town before dinner.

    Hotel
    • Traditional dining room
    • Hotel exterior

    Hotel la ChaumièreQuillan

    La Chaumière is located in Quillan, a market town which has long been a crossroads between the Pyrenees, the Ariège and the Mediterranean coast, nestling between verdant mountains and rolling hills. This is a medium sized hotel with very comfortable en suite rooms and a fine gourmet restaurant. When the weather is fine, you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace with its wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Bedrooms are spacious with good en suite bathrooms. Each room has a flat screen TV, direct dial telephone and air-conditioning. Furnishings are modern and comfortable.

    Facilities

    • Gourmet restaurant
    • 18 rooms
    • Air-conditionning
    • Off road parking
    • WiFi

    Board

    Cuisine

    The hotel has an excellent, inventive restaurant. The menu is freqently updated and options currently include 'Truite arc-de-ciel de Gesse', 'Magret de canard, sauce fermier' or 'cassoulet Maison chaumiere avec saucisses de Quillan'.  

  • 2

    Quillan to Puivert day 2

    Summary

    Walk to the village of Nébias and continue along the Cathar footpath to Puivert and its splendid 13th century Château of the Troubadours. Tonight, stay in a simple chambre d’hôte, located close to the lake, and eat ‘en famille’ with other guests.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Dining area

    Le Gîte des MarionettesPuivert

    Situated at the foot of the imposing Château des Troubadours, this family run gite offers comfortable accommodation. A number of rooms are en suite, and there is free WiFi. Meals are taken in the communal area where there is invariably a wonderful ambience. The dining area opens onto a broad terrace with wonderful views.  

    Facilities

    • Friendly gite accommodation with comfortable rooms
    • Friendly convivial dining
    • Pleasant garden and terrace (with barbecue)

    Board

    Cuisine

    Meals are taken in a communal area or on the terrace. This is good family cuisine washed down with some excellent local wine. Picnics can be provided.

    13 mi
    (21 km)

  • 3

    Puivant to Belcaire day 3

    Summary

    Walk through the thick fir tree forests of Escale and Picaussel and out on to the airy plateau of Sault. Then take the ancient path to the valley of Aude and the Corbières region. Stay in the mountain chalet-style, Hôtel Bayle.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Outside dining area
    • Wide angle simple double bedroom

    Hôtel BayleBelcaire

    Sandrine and Xavier are sure to offer you a friendly welcome in their typical mountain style chalet hotel. There is dramatic countryside on all sides and this is a very comfortable hotel with an excellent restaurant. Rooms are spacious and well furnished.

    Facilities

    • Delightful mountain style hotel
    • Very comfortable rooms, each with its own character and en suite
    • Excellent restaurant with a good selection of fine food
    • Free WiFi

    Board

    Cuisine

    Sample menu

    Entrees

    Tomate basilic et ses Chipirons grillés
    Le Duo de Tartares : St-Jacques au citron et ciboulette et Saumon à l'orange et échalotte
    Le Chèvre en folie en trois façons : Pané à la pistache, en Verrine au Saumon et Ciboulette et Toast au Magret fumé maison
    Le Foie Gras Maison accompagné de sa Tartelette aux Figues Flambées
    La Salade d'oeufs mollets sauce Safranée et ses Chips de Lard du Pays de Sault

    Plats

    L’Aillade de Lotte, ses Haricots Blancs au Banyuls et sa Tatin de Ratatouille
    Les Pâtes Fraîches aux Joues de Porc confites et sa Tranche de Foie Gras Maison
    L’Omble de Fontaine Bio de La Fajolle poêlé aux Tomates confites accompagné de son Risotto noir
    Le Cassoulet au Confit de Canard et Saucisson de Couenne

    Desserts

    La Crème Brûlée à la Vanille, accompagnée de son Pain d’Épices à la Myrtille
    La Tarte aux Myrtilles accompagnée de sa glace à la confiture de Lait
    Le Caprice au Chocolat, Caramel au Beurre Salé et son Coulis de Fruits Rouges
    Le Mille-feuilles à la Glace Réglisse et son Coulis de Chocolat Blanc

    13 mi
    (21 km)

  • 4

    Belcaire to Montségur day 4

    Summary

    The path takes you down through the impressive Gorge de Frau (Gorge of Fear) to the Ariège before arriving in Montségur, the heart of Catharism. Stay for two nights at a welcoming and comfortable chambre d’hôte.

    Hotel
    • Outside swimming pool

    Chambres d’hôtes - l’OustalMontsegur

    Montsegur is undeniably the most evocative of all the Cathar sites. Now a sleepy village, dominated by its awe inspiring castle, this friendly guest house retains many of its original features and offers a friendly and comfortable welcome. Bedrooms are spacious and attractively presented, and there is a convivial dining room. Whilst in Montsegur, it's well worth visiting the small museum which contains a fascinating array of Cathar artefacts and a fascinating presentation of its spectacular rise and fall.   

    Facilities

    • Friendly chambre d'hotes with comfortable rooms
    • Pleasant garden
    • Superb location at the foot of the chateau of Montsegur
    • Delicious home cooked meals

    Board

    Cuisine

    Meals here are served on the 'table d'hote' basis - with plenty of good local cuisine, fine wine and good conversation. After dinner, why not take a stroll around the village, or, if you're feeling energetic up to the chateau, from where you can enjoy unforgettable views.  

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 5

    Day walk from Montségur day 5

    Summary

    This evocative walk passes ancient terraces with panoramic views of the famous Pog de Montségur, the last Cathar strong hold. The ancient Château de Montségur perches high on the top, a hard climb with rewarding views.

    8 mi
    (12 km)

  • 6

    Montségur to Roquefixade day 6

    Summary

    The trail winds its way to the village of Montferrier, crossing the Modini forest before reaching the Pyrenean walled village of Roquefixade. Stay at the charming Auberge des Troubadours.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior with mountainous backdrop

    Auberge des TroubadoursRoquefixade

    This charming auberge is set in a Pyrenean valley on the Cathar walking trail. Proprieters Dave and Jenni are warm and accommodating, and create a convivial atmosphere for all.

    Facilities

    • En suite rooms
    • Piano lounge
    • Restaurant

    Board

    Cuisine

    The restaurant has a seasonal menu with locally sourced, organic produce.

    12 mi
    (19 km)

  • 7

    Roquefixade to Foix day 7

    Summary

    Cross superb terrain with stunning views as the trail follows a high ridge to the small town of Foix nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Foix is dominated by the three towers of its château. Stay at the 3-star Hôtel Lons.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior

    Hôtel LonsFoix

    This is a good 3 star hotel, centrally located in the Place Dutilh, facing the River Ariège. The rooms are very comfortable and have good views. To the rear, the view is of the Ariege, and to the front, there are attractive views over the old town.  The restaurant is excellent with an enticing range of options on offer. The old town of Foix is well worth exploring and the chateau is one of the region's great sites.     

    Facilities

    • Excellent 3 star hotel in town centre
    • High quality restaurant with broad choice of menu options
    • Comfortable bedrooms with air-conditioning and WiFi 

    Board

    Cuisine

    Excellent restaurant with an attractive terrace overlooking the Ariege. Gastronomic highlights might include the buffet de hors-d'œuvre variés, the cassoulet aux haricots de Mazères, la truite du Sabarthès. You may well be tempted by les fromages du Couserans (local cheeses from the Ariegois Pyrénées) or the mouthwatering pâtisseries et flans maison.

    12 mi
    (19 km)

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • COMBINED OPTION

    Combine stages 1 and 2 for a 12 night holiday. Please call for details.

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