Villerouge-Termenès castle (fr. Château de Villerouge-Termenès) is a ruined castle in the commune of Villerouge-Termenès in the Aude department of France (Occitania), situated in the Massif Corbières, at the foot of the Pyrenees and Massif Central.

Nearest cities: Perpignan, Narbonne, Carcassonne.

The castle, in the middle of the the village Villerouge-Termenès, had belonged to the Archbishops of Narbonne until it was seized by Simon de Montfort and given to one of his lieutenants when nearby Termes was taken in 1210.

It was here that the last known Cathar parfait, Guilhem Belibaste, was burnt alive in 1321 on the orders of the archbishop.

The castle is an irregular pentagon in plan, with round towers at four corners and a postern gate at the fifth.

It was built between the XII – XIV Centuries by the Archbishops of Narbonne. Classified a historique monument on 6th October, 1976.

The castle is open to the public and medieval festivals are held here in the summer.

Address: Carriera del castel, 11330 Villerouge-Termenès, France

Working hours:

Monday 10AM–7:30PM
Tuesday 10AM–7:30PM
Wednesday 10AM–7:30PM
Thursday 10AM–7:30PM
Friday 10AM–7:30PM
Saturday 10AM–7:30PM
Sunday 10AM–7:30PM


Full price: € 6.00
Child rate: € 2.00
Adult group rate: € 5.00

Coordinates: 43°00′24″N 2°37′36″E

How to get to?

From Paris: 8 hr 37 min (827 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 47 min (152 km) via A61

From Andorra: 3 hr 11 min (162 km) via D613

From Barcelona: 3 hr 38 min (256 km) via AP-7

From Madrid: 9 hr 27 min (880 km) via A-2

From Monaco: 5 hr 1 min (484 km) via A8 and A9

From Moscow: 38 hr (3,410 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 36 min (1,788 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 30 hr (2,737 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 39 min (743 km) via A9

See here Pyrenees travel guide

See here France travel guide

See here Spain travel guide

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