Chasing Castles Along France’s Crusader Trails

Cathar Castles in France near the Pyrenees - UTracks Travel Over the centuries France, like many other countries in Europe, has been home to a number of intrigues, battles and repressions. One of these is the Crusade against the people of the Languedoc that was set around the impressive Cathar Castles.


From the 12th to 13th centuries, Catharism was rooted in the Foix, Aude Valley and Corbieres areas of southern France, right there where the Pyrenees begin. It was a conviction that shunned conventional Christianity and materialism and was fought against for more than forty years after which the Cathar reign ended. A walking holiday to see the Cathar Castles, France - UTracks Waymarker on Crusader Trail - UTracks Walking Holidays

Cathar Castles

A network of the secret trails of the Cathars lead to the mysterious Cathar Castles. Today many of these are in ruins, have been destroyed during the war or have been built over. However, several stunning examples of how significant the Cathars once were still remain today. It’s possible to follow the ancient trails through forests, vineyards and orchards to these medieval castles. If you are looking for a break that has some kind of mysterious dimension, our The Crusader Trail – Cathar Castles Walk may well be exactly that trip with a ‘legendary’ twist you were looking for. Combined with the bourgeois lifestyle of the French, stunning scenery and picturesque villages, this part of southern France makes for a richly rewarding walking experience. For more information and booking requests you can download the trip notes or get in touch with our team of travel experts.

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