Driving tour of Cathar Castles and the Gorge de Galamus
Description: This tour takes you past the dramatically situated Châteaux of Quéribus and Peyrepertuse, as well as a trip through the deep ravines of the Gorge de Galamus. There are several options for picnic lunches or dining out along the way. Although probably only about an hour of driving, if you spend time at the attractions along the way, this makes a delightful day out for all the family.
Directions: Take the D117 west from Perpignan for about 20km as far as Maury where you turn north on the D19. Look out for the great views of the Château de Quéribus as you climb towards the Grau de Maury (see left). Turn right here and head up to the car park below the château. Take a break here and spend an hour visiting this dramatically situated château.
Return down to the Grau de Maury, then head down the hill towards Cucugnan and on along the D14 to Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse. We recommend that you stop here for lunch or a drink at the Auberge de la Source. If you want to visit the Chateau de Peyrepertuse. You will need to retrace your steps slightly and turn up the steep hill to the château (signposted).
The next part of the journey continues along the D14 along a delightful valley until you reach Cubières-sur-Cinoble where you turn left onto the D7 through the Gorge de Galamus. The road is very windy with many rocky overhangs and the odd tunnel (see left) and it can be difficult to negotiate in places. Because of the narrowness of the road, there is a traffic light controlled system between the hours of 13.00 and 19.00 in peak season. Delays can be expected here. Park on the south side of the Gorge to visit the Ermitage St Antoine-de-Galamus (20 mins walk) and for great views of the river below. There is a free navette service from the car park in peak season.
After visiting the gorge, continue on the D7 south to rejoin the D117 at St Paul-de-Fenouillet.
Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Languedoc:
- Canoeing / Rafting
- Car tour