Our region is called" Pays Cathare"- land of the Cathars.
The turbulent Cathar period lasted about a hundred years (1165 - 1271). And it's history has left its mark on the Languedoc, and you can still visit many of the Cathar Castles. Some of them are restored and some are just beautiful ruins. The castles are usually remote, so they will offer magnificent views.
Well known Cathar Castles are Peyrepertuse and Queribus, Lastours, Villerouge-Termenès, Aguilar, Saissac, & Arques.
Peyrepertuse and Queribus are one of the most beautiful Cathar castles and are about an hour and twenty minutes from Maison Allène. A beautiful scenic drive connects these 2 castles.
At Lastours you can hike on foot to 4 castles over an adapted walkway, or view them from a distance, where you drive up by car and then go for a little walk to see the castles from a viewpoint.
There are many Abbeys to visit in the area like the abbeys of Lagrasse, Caunes- Minervois and Abbaye de Fontfroide.
Fontfroide is a 12th century Abbey and is privately owned and has been beautifully restored. It offers a glimpse of medieval monastic life. The Abbey has a beautiful rose garden. There is also a marked trail through the surrounding countryside, and wine tasting is available in the abbey cellars.
In the centre of Caunes-Minervois is a stunning Benedictine abbey, built on Roman foundations that is well worth a visit. The locally mined red marble is used throughout the interior of the abbey.
Lagrasse Sainte Marie d’Orbieu Abbey was founded in the 8th century. Today you can visit the two parts of the abbey separately: the older part, medieval, and owned by the Conseil Général and the more recent part, the property of the religious community of the Chanoines Réguliers.
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