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Walks in the Cathar Region.
Excursiones por la región Cátara.
Idioma: INGLÉS.
Castillos Cátaros del Sureste de Francia.
Autor: Alan Mattingly.
1ª edición.
Publicado 23 Junio 2005.
Páginas 224.
Mapas 22.
Fotos 66.
Dimensiones 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5 cm.
Location Map (1).
Overview Maps (2).
Sample Routes (1).
Sample Photos (4).
Seasons: Possible year round, but the winter wind (tramontane) is blustery. Height of summer can be very hot lower down. Centres: Béziers, Narbonne, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Foix, Quillan, Ax les Thermes and many small towns associated with the Cathar Castles. Difficulty: From half- to full-day walks. Most are straightforward, but includes some longer and tougher routes and even a scramble. Must See: It''s all about the castles really, with Béziers, Minerve, Foix, Montségur, Roquefixade, Peyrepertruse, Puilaurens and many others.
The guide offers 30 walks based on the once strategically important castles that dominate the foothills of the Pyrenees. Each walk has as its focal point a castle or other location associated with Cathar history (mostly the 13th century). Summaries of the historical connections of each location with the Cathar period are given, and together these relate the story of the downfall of the Cathar Church, from the massacre in Bèziers in 1209 to the siege at Montsègur in 1244, which ended with the burning alive of over 200 believers who refused to renounce their Cathar faith.