A barrier for the Cabardès region from the 11th century until the Revolution, and a spearhead of the Cathar resistance in the 13th century, the Lastours site is an exceptional ensemble, with its four medieval castles standing proudly at the summit of a rocky spur, overlooking the Orbiel valley.
Standing amid wild, unspoilt countryside, this remarkable ensemble can be admired from the viewpoint of Montfermier, a place unmissable for its splendid panoramic view of the remains of the Lastours castles: Cabaret, the Régine Tower, Surdespine and Quertinheux.
Then head for Rabier, the former textile factory, to see its archaeological exhibition "Lastours, 4,000 Years of History", before climbing up the path leading to the majestic ruins of the four castles!
The castles of Lastours
Lastours and its four castles invite you to discover its exceptional heritage just 20 minutes from Carcassonne.
Cabaret, Tour Régine, Surdespine and Quertinheux, perched on a rocky outcrop, proudly dominate the village along the banks of the Orbiel.
At the foot of the castles, the medieval village of Cabaret today reveals the remains of houses with stables, forges, craftsmen's workshops, cobblestone streets... an exceptional place arisen from the oblivion where the lords of the crusade against the Albigenses.