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Trail of the Cathars, part 2 - Quillan to Foix

cathartrailmarker (32K)From the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees Ariégeoises, in the heart of the sun blessed Corbieres region, or between Montsegur and Foix you can find the secret trails and castles of the chateaux Cathares. These castles are the remnants of a tragic, political and religious intrigue. The Cathars were gnostic Christian sect, which enjoyed great popularity in the South of France during the Middle Ages. Political jealousies stirred the first crusade - Christians pitched against Christians in a bloody war for power and control over this culturally rich region. The Cathars eventually were exterminated, their castles burnt down and many of them died at the stake. But their spiritual legacy lives on in this mystical region and their castles bear silent witness to their sad fate. Their legendary treasures were never discovered and treasure hunters are still looking for it today.

This walking tour combines a historical interest that stirs the imagination, as well as some memorable walking through lush, unspoilt mountains and valleys.

Every day. Bookings from two people or more.

Trip Summary

Quillan train station (11), Day 1 at 10h30.
If you are doing both sections of the Mystic Castles of the Pyrenees trail the night in Quillan is offered BB.

Day 7 at your hotel in Foix (09), after breakfast.

How to get there:
Quillan train station.

In hotels or guesthouses, double room.

Minimum no of participants: 2

Level of difficulty:
The walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain is varied but often rocky. You need to be used to walking and take regular exercise to enjoy this trip.

Type: Self-guided walking.

You need to carry a small day sack only with a water bottle, camera, picnic and wind jacket. The main luggage will be transported by vehicle between the different accommodations.
Quillan, Aude, FranceTrail of the Cathars hiking itinerary, part 2 - Quillan to Foix

Day 1

From Quillan, your first walk will take you through Mediteranean olive groves and vineyards to Puivert with its XII century castle and museum of ancient instruments.
21km, 5h45, +700m, -495m.

Day 2

The trail leads through the dense fir tree forests of Escale and Picaussel. Discover the vast airy plateau de Sault via paths once used to access the valley of Aude and the Corbières.
21km, 6h, +583m, -25m.

Day 3

A path between high mountain walls slips down through the impressive Gorge de la Frau before arriving at the mythical village of Montségur. Monteségur was considered the sacred heart of the Cathar region and their last stronghold, though some small remnants of the sect hid out for some time after the traumatic events at Montésegur at castles further east.
18km, 5h30, +660m, -770m.

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Day 4

A walk from Montségur village along the steep rocky pog or, alternatively, a sporty option to the foothills of the Massif of Tabe.
12km, around 4h30, +775m, -775m.

Day 5

The trail weaves its way to the village of Montferrier through the forest of Modini to Roquefixade, an ancient bastide of the 13th century.
17km, 4h30, +400m, -760m.

foix (42K)

Day 6

From Roquefixade castle a high ridge offers stunning views over the strategically located small county town of Foix with its towering castle overlooking the town. Foix is situated south of Toulouse, at the gateway to the high Pyrenees mountains.
18.5km, 5h00, +350m, -720m.

Day 7

The holiday comes to an end in Foix. You can choose to visit the old town centre, to wander through the streets and to visit the castle.

Price includes

Half board accommodation, internal transfers, baggage transfers between hotels, the dossier containing your maps, route notes and all necessary details needed for your holiday.

Price does not include

Entrance fees, additional transfers, drinks, picnics, additional activities, holiday insurance, travel.

For further information and booking inquiries please send us and e-mail.