Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens
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Randonnée
Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens
 
Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

This castle is located at an altitude of almost 700 metres and overlooks the village of Lapradelle, in the midst of a pine forest. The first records of the castle date from 958. Since it played a major part in defending the former frontier between France and the kingdom of Aragon, it can boast the full range of medieval military architecture. Access is via a pathway with chicanes preceded by a barbican.
Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens
The Château de Puilaurens (Occitan: lo Castèl de Puèg-Laurenç) is one of the Cathar Castles of the Languedoc in what is now the South of France. It is located in the commune of Lapradelle-Puilaurens in the Aude département. The castle here had belonged to the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa before it was acquired by the King of Aragon in 1162. As Aragonese property it was outside the territory ravaged by the Crusaders during the Cathar wars. Like Queribus it therefore provided a refuge for those fleeing from the invading forces. Those who took refuge there included both Cathars and faidits, that is to say those who had forfeited their property because of their opposition to the invaders. These faidits included high nobles, such as Guillaume de Peyrepertuse.
  A Pays Cathare Castle with imposing walls, Puilaurens, like a lord, looks towards the Pic du Canigou and oversees the centuries. To reach this "son of Carcassonne", brother of Peyrepertuse, Quéribus, Terms and Aguilar, it took us an hour by car from the medieval city of Carcassonne, but the journey seemed shorter as the setting is enchanting. It begins by following the Aude in its course through the valleys of vineyards to Limoux. The landscape then rises gradually until Alet les Bains, becomes covered with woods, and then gives way to the cliffs of the Défilé de Pierre Lys. We are in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in Axat, ready to dive into the pine forests that surround the Castle Puilaurens. All senses awakened, we walk through a botanical path that climbs through the woods towards the castle. We enjoy the aromas and scents of the plants of the region. From here, the lord of the place is invisible, but from the village of Lapradelle and its surroundings, one can see its imposing ramparts, intact. A stone stairway invites us to follow it, it zigzags to the foot of the walls, leading us to the majestic gateway. The walls still draw a circular path and allow us to mentally reconstruct them, through this window on the past, the dungeon and the four towers. Inside, the spacious courtyard impresses us again with these volumes unimaginable from below.

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Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens

Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens
  Features:  
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- Distance
- 16 km
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- Mini Altitude
- 470 meter
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- Departure
- Rue du Placal,
  Puilaurens
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- Type
- Loop
a - Max Altitude
- 810 meter
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- Vertical drop
- 418 meter
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- Duration
- 5 Hours
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- Markup
- Yes
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- IGN reference
- 2348ET
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- Difficulty
- Average
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- Coordinates
- 42.80126,
2.28655
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Opening Randonnée Le Chateau de Puilaurens:

- 01 january to 31 december    
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  Randonnée
Le Chateau de Puilaurens
 
Leisure - Sports - Mountain walks - Snow-shoe walks - Hiking - Walking - Randonnée Pédestre
 
Departure:
Rue du Placal
11140 Puilaurens

Phone +33 4.68.20.65.26
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Email -
chateau.puilaurens@orange.fr

Website -
www.pays-axat.org

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