Things to see and do - Tuchan
Cathar Corbières :
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The Cathar Corbières enjoyed a position as rampart, for many years, against the Visigoths, the Saracens and against Aragon and Spain once the region was annexed to the French royal estate between 1229 and 1258. Until the annexation of Roussillon to France (17C), the "Five Sons of Carcassonne" stood watch over this frontier. A visit to these austere fortresses provides a chance to find out more about the Cathar period (1209-58) and the harsh landscapes of the region. Begin at the 13C castle of Aguilar, surrounded by vineyards, and then head north to the castle of Termes. In 1210, the latter held out for 4 months against the troops of Simon de Montfort, who led the Albigensian Crusade. All that now remains are the outer walls and a few ruins, although its former defensive position, protected by the Sou, can be clearly appreciated. Next, head southwards to Padern and then west towards Cucugnan and Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse to the castle of Peyrepertuse. Wonderfully preserved on its rocky outcrop, the castle is made up of two adjacent castles, each of which offers superb views of the countryside. Head back towards Cucugnan and down to the castle of Quéribus, besieged in 1225 right at the end of the Crusade. Spectacularly built at an altitude of 729m, it appears to blend in with the rock. The keep, protected by three outer walls, still has an impressive Gothic hall. Your tour will end at the castle of Puilaurens to the west. Its high ramparts (697m) can be seen from far around, as can its practically intact outline. It served as a Cathar refuge around 1245.