Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Lastours castles, the Orbeil Valley’s “inseparable guardian brothers”

Lastours castles are made up of four Cathar castles, the Orbeil Valley’s “inseparable guardian brothers”, creating a unique defense complex surrounded by cypress trees.

The castles are located in the French commune of Lastours in the Aude department, just a 20-minute drive from Carcassonne.

Each castle has its own name: Cabaret, Surdespine, and Regina Tower or Queen …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The castle of Peralada: the gardens are open in July and August on the occasion of the International Music Festival of Peralada

The castle of Peralada (cat. El castell de Peralada) is a monument of the municipality of Peralada (Alt Empordà) declared a cultural asset of national interest. It is a castle already mentioned in the 9th century with the name of Castillo Toló, and it was the center of the county of Peralada. It is located …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Requesens castle is one of the best examples of neo medieval architecture that are preserved in Catalonia

The castle of Requesens (cat. El castell de Requesens) is located on a hill, which dominates all the southern valleys of the Puig Neulós mountain, about 7 km east of the neighborhood of Requesens. Its territory corresponds to the old town of Requesens in the municipality of La Jonquera (Alt Empordà).

To mention the memorial of …

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