Cathar castles of the Corbières
(all day trip with lunch)
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Leave Caunes Minervois on the D115 in the direction of Peyriac. Turn LEFT at the T-junction south of town onto the D11 toward Peyriac, Rieux and La Redorte. Continue through La Redorte, across the Canal du Midi, and turn LEFT on the D610 toward Homps.
Just past Homps, turn RIGHT on the 611 toward Lézignan and Narbonne and cross the River Aude. At the next roundabout, take the seconf right toward Narbonne (the D11 again). This will take you to Villedaigne, where the D11 will "T" into the D6113 (called the "N113" on some maps). Turn LEFT, following the D6113 toward Narbonne.
As you enter the outskirts of Narbonne, watch for a RIGHT turn onto the Narbonne bypass (the D6009) signposted toward the A9 motorway. Follow the bypass toward the A9. Take a ticket at the tollbooth and follow the A9 south in the direction of Perpignan and Barcelona.
Leave the A9 at Exit 41 "Perpignan Nord." At the roundabout after the toll, follow the D12 west toward Espira de l'Agly. The D12 will intersect the D18; turn LEFT onto the D18 toward Espira. At Espira, the D18 intersects the D117; turn LEFT (west) onto the D117 toward Estagel.
Follow the D117 through Estagel to Maury. At Maury, turn RIGHT onto the D19 toward the Châteaux de Queribus and Cucugnan. Just over the ridge, turn right to visit Queribus. After your visit, continue downhill to Cucugnan for lunch.
After lunch, follow the D14 west out of Cucugnan toward Peyrepertuse. Visit the castle, then continue on the D14 until Soulatgé, where you will turn RIGHT (east) on the D10. Follow the D10 to the village of Massac, and turn LEFT (north) onto the D1610 toward Laroque-de-Fa. As you enter Laroque-de-Fa, turn RIGHT (east) onto the D613 toward Félines-Termenès. Approximately 3 km outside Laroque-de-Fa, turn LEFT on the D40 toward Termes.
Visit the village and castle of Termes, then continue on the D40 until it intersects the D212 and turn RIGHT (north). Just after the turn, you will see Durfort castle on your right, across the river. Continue on the D212 to Lagrasse, which has several cafés for an afternoon break, a fine Abbey and interesting shopping.
Leaving Lagrasse, follow the D212 to Fabrezan, turn RIGHT onto the D611 toward Lezignan. Follow signs for Olonzac as you go through Lezignan; these will take you back to the D611. Follow the D611 back across the River Aude to the D11 and retrace your route back to Caunes.