France - Cathar Castles trail from Port la Nouvelle to Quillan towards the Pyrenees

France - Cathar Castles trail from Port la Nouvelle to Quillan towards the Pyrenees

This self-guided hiking tour covers the first part of the Cathar Castles Trail

From Port La Nouvelle to Quillan, between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the sun baked Corbieres region of south-west France, the hike progresses from wild, lush countryside to mountains and sun-blessed vineyards, with a cultural heritage which derives from some of the most mysterious and dramatic pages of the history of France : the Catharism


See also the following part of the trail to Foix : click here

The 2 weeks can be combined into a 14 day trip.

Day 1

Arrive Tuchan for overnight Hotel **, HB.

Day 2

Tuchan - Duilhac -16 kms/10 miles. 5 hrs.
After a short transfer your walk takes you through the early medieval village of Mollet and the wine centre at Cucugnan. You can see the 13th century castles of Padern and Quéribus. Overnight in Duilhac Hotel ** HB.

Day 3

Dulhiac-Cubières -16 kms/10 miles. 5 hrs. Today you pass the Galamus Gorges and see the hermitage of St Antoine de Galamus and the fortress of Peyrepertuse. In Cubières you will stay in a friendly guest house. Overnight HB.

Day 4

Your walk today is in the very heart of the Cathar country as you walk between the Fenouilledes and the Corbieres. You will cross the Bugarach massif and the Salso Col before arriving in the beautiful small village of Sougraigne for the night. HB 15kms/9.5 miles. 5hrs.

Day 5

Today you will pass the village of Rennes les Bains and on to Rennes le Chateau with its small castle dominating the surrounding hills. You spend the night in a charming Guest House in Granes. HB. 19kms/11.9 miles. 5hrs30.

Day 6

The route from Granes to Quillan follows the GR along a well known path that used to be an important link and means of communication between the small Pyrenean hamlets. You walk up the Col des Trois Quilles before arriving in Quillan. Night in Hotel ** B&B 18 kms/11.25 miles. 5hrs.

Day 7

End of your trip after breakfast.

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
7 Days
From :
650 €

Included : see details in Dates and Prices section

2 star hotel and charming guest houses

Half board (dinners)

The luggage transfers from hotel to hotel

A road book and a map

English speaking assistance for all your questions on your trip.





Access : Carcassonne, Perpignan

Starts in : Port la Nouvelle train station  

Ends in : Quillan


Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone : +33 558 48 71 65


See also : the Cathar Castles trail from Quillan to Foix


How to reserve ? see details in Dates and Prices section


.Gorgeous scenery : vineyards, distant peaks.

.Wonderful food and wine,

.Charming villages and guest houses.