The “Pog” of Montségur evokes Catharism, of course. But his castle of Philippian mountain architecture, was built by the will of the King of France, at a period well after that of the Cathar epic. It is this specificity which earned him to be a candidate, along with other “citadels of vertigo” linked to the city of Carcassonne, in the world ranking of Humanity. Unesco having to decide on this candidacy put forward by the Pays cathare audois.

The fortress of Roquefixade could also have been part of the list of these citadels which were also part of the royal work at the same time. But for that it would have required better conservation or, at least, a crystallization of the existing ruins.

Choose between August 3 and 9

Tristan Bergerot, guide-lecturer from the tourist office, will tell you about the history of these two fortresses during two escapades. “The fortresses played a role in the defense of the border of the Kingdom of France against Aragon at the end of the 13th century,” he says. “I will transport you in a mini-van from point to point. other. Come and discover the relationship between the architecture and the craggy cliffs of these remarkable fortresses. “

Tristan will drop you off at the foot of the cliffs of Roquefixade, and will accompany you on the trail, telling the story and exploring the architecture of the castle. Then, after visiting the charming medieval bastide, a meal based on local products will be served at the Roquefixade stopover gîte.

You will start the afternoon with the ascent to the castle of Montségur to appreciate the work of the builders of the King of France after the stake of the Cathars. Then you will continue your getaway with a visit to the village, built after the fortress at the end of the 15th century.

On the way back a last stop is planned at the bar “le Fontestorbes” to taste the artisanal lemonade made locally.

Departure at 9:30 am from the Lavelanet tourist office. The group cannot exceed 8 people per outing, it is essential to reserve your places on 05 61 01 22 20.

Price: 30 €