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Around Montaillou castle

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Montaillou
3.6 km
1h 30min
Very easy
  • In the heart of the Pays de Sault, in this enclave attached to the Ariège department, this very easy walk will take you to discover the village of Montaillou, the ruins of its famous castle and the surrounding area.

  • Access: From Ax-les-Thermes, follow signs for Col du Chioula. Continue on the D613 towards Quillan. Once you've passed the village of Prades, you'll have access to Montaillou via the D105. Best to park in the village square.
  • Guidebook with maps/step-by-step
    (D/A) - Place de Montaillou. Walk up towards the church and château, following the white and red markers of the GR107, which you leave at the end of the lane in front of a large fountain.

    0:05 - Fountain. Now follow the yellow markers uphill to the right towards the château. Take a few minutes to visit the ruins, which have been the subject of archaeological excavations, explained on panels in the castle grounds. After your visit, continue along the path that winds through meadows
    then descends along a grove to the Pichaca pass.

    0h45 - Col de Pichaca. Go left and soon find an intersection with the GR107 at a cross.
    Take this GR, which climbs for a while into the pine forest, then joins a wide grassy path (yellow markings) which you descend.

    1h15 - Intersection. Turn left onto a road that leads back to the center of Montaillou.
  • Departure
    Montaillou
  • Access: From Ax-les-Thermes, follow signs for Col du Chioula. Continue on the D613 towards Quillan. Once you've passed the village of Prades, you'll have access to Montaillou via the D105. Best to park in the village square.
  • Environment
    • Mountain location
    • Village centre
    • In the country
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Services
  • Equipment
    • Car park
    • Free car park
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