Departure in the morning to visit those two somptuous ruined castles…Start with Quéribus Castle also called “citadelle du vertige” will offer you a wonderfull vue, literally breathtaking. During the Cathar crusade, Quéribus served as a shelter to the cathars. After the fall of the Château de Montségur in 1244, surviving Cathars gathered together in the Corbières in another mountain-top stronghold on the border of Aragon (The present border between the Aude départment and the Pyrénées-orientale departement)
Quéribus is high and isolated. It stands on top of the highest peak for miles around. From a distance it can be seen on the horizon, sticking up into the sky.
Lunch in the typical and pretty village of Cucugnan, take the time to stroll through the medieval streets of this picturesque village and go to the Windmill where you will be surrounded by vineyards. Unusual! : the baker of Cucugnan, who is situated just close to the old mill at the top of the village, master the entire chain of manufacturing bread. With the cooperation of local farmers, he handed in old crop wheat varieties abandoned as the bearded Roussillon.
Then departure to Peyrepertuse Castle, a ruined fortress and one of the Cathar castles. It was associated with the Counts of Barcelona, later kings of Aragon. The name Peyrepertuse is derived from Pèirapertusa, Occitan, meaning Pierced Rock. The lower part of the castle was built on a strategic location by the kings of Aragon in the 11th Century and the higher part by the French King Louis IX later on, after the area was annexed to France. The two castles are linked together by a staircase. The castle lost importance as a strategic castle when the border between France and Spain was moved in 1659, causing the castle to be abandoned.
The castles ruins are impressive, set high on a defensive crag. From approach road it is difficult to see where the rock stops and the castle starts.
The castle was built in the 11th century on a site dominating the Corbières and the sea. the main part, resembles the prow of a ship, running along the top of an 800m (2600 ft) high crag.
This excursion includes :
-Transport from your hôtel to Quéribus and Peyrepertuse
–Private english speaking driver
-High standard minivan 8 passengers seats
-Entrance fees to Quéribus and Peyrepertuse Castle
This excursion does not include :
– Meals, drinks
– Personal insurance and expenses