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The Cathar country by bike Montségur

Around Montségur


Presentation of your trip

With your family, in pair or with friends, get on your bike to ride on the Cathar Country roads. It is a land rich of histories, where the medieval castles over mountain peaks have an exceptional architecture. This country had also keep a wild and various nature. Between crests and canyons, ride at your own pace along the Cathar trail or on charming small roads and enjoy the time of travel to discover unforgettable places.

  • DestinationPyrénées
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesCycling/All Terrain Biking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details


  • The most beautiful Cathar castles
  • Amazing little roads of South of France
  • Welcoming accommodation

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights - 6 biking days


  • Day 1

    Arrival in Quillan

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Arrival at Quillan hotel. Free evening to visit the city.
    Night in Quillan.


  • Day 2

    From Quillan to Mirepoix : Puivert, Chalabre, Camon, Lagarde, Moulin-Neuf

    • Distance : 49 km
    • Elevation gain : 296 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Leave Quillan and ride towards Mirepoix. Discover on your way the remains of medieval castles, during Catharism period, as the castle of Lagarde, or Puivert which in a very good state of conservation. 
    Night in Mirepoix. 


  • Day 3

    From Mirepoix to Montségur : Labastide de Bousignac, Belloc, Léran, Labastide sur l’Hers, Belesta, fontaine de Fontestorbes

    • Distance : 46 km
    • Elevation gain : 600 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Leave the city of Mirepoix for a new destination. Ride now to the South, going through others historical sites, as the castle of Léran, build in the thirteen century. Have a break in the lake of Montbel, large water reservoir of 570 acres where you can swim. The castle of Montségur at the top its rocky spur is waiting for you, above its tiny village. 
    Night in Montségur.


  • Day 4

    From Montségur to Tarascon sur Ariège: Roquefixade, Foix

    • Distance : 51 km
    • Elevation gain : 450 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    On the road to Foix, ride close to the castle of Roquefixade, on the top of the cliff. The important castle of Foix was the sign of the local power until the end of the Middle-age. It has been classified by the French authorities as an historical monument since 1840. Take your time to visit the old city of Foix before to reach Tarascon. 
    Night in Tarascon.



  • Day 5

    From Tarascon sur Ariège to Comus : Bompas, Appy, Caussou

    • Distance : 47 km
    • Elevation gain : 1060 m
    • Type of accommodation : Gîte

    Ride on mountainous roads in the heart of amazing landscapes, over the “route des corniches”, the cliff road. Go through small mountain villages; discover Lordat and its medieval castle or Vernaux and its chapel, built in a special calcareous stone. You approach Comus, village on the plateau of Sault. 
    Night in Comus.  


  • Day 6

    From Comus to Axat : Niort de Sault, Joucou, Marsa

    • Distance : 40 km
    • Negative gradient : 930 m

    Get on you bikes to reach Niort de Sault. Cross the canyons of Rebenty and the pass of the seven brothers, at 1774 meters high. On the Roc of Niort there are some remains of a castle. Then you continue to the valley of Joucou still very wild. 
    Night in Axat.


  • Day 7

    From Axat to Quillan : Caudiès de Fenouillèdes, Col de St Louis and Parahou

    • Distance : 37 km
    • Elevation gain : 450 m

    Conclude your stay on pleasant little roads, to finish your trip in Quillan! 
    End of the stay.


  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

  • Attendees

    From 2 people.

  • Formalities

    • A valid official ID.
    • We recommend travel insurance with repatriation included. 

    Meet on Day 1 at Quillan (SNCF train station)

    How to get there:

    • By car: Motorway to Carcassonne then D118 to Quillan. 
    • By train : Carcassonne SNCF train station, then TER bus to Quillan.
    • By plane : Carcassonne Airport then shuttle bus to Quillan bus station.


  • Accompanying

    Free Ride:
    Equipped with the orientation material we give you: maps with highlighted route and detailed topoguide, you go alone to discover circuits designed by our team. You are guided by carefully prepared directions, for maximum precision.

  • Hébergement

    6 nights in double rooms in hotel, bed and breakfast or half-board lodging.

    Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels, guest rooms and sometimes cottages. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you.

Dates and price


Free departure dates: you choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
For constituted groups, we adapt the level, duration, price and program on demand.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - double room
Registration at 2 people750
Registration at 3 people710
Registration at 4 people640
Registration at 6 people595


Single room supplement: +105€/pers

The price includes

  • The reservation of accommodation in half board from the dinner of day 1 until the breakfast of day 7,
  • Maps with highlighted route, card holder,
  • GPS tracks in electronic format . gpx,
  • The transport of luggage.

The price does not include

  • Drinks,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Picnics (unless option chosen),
  • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
  • Bicycles,
  • Transportation to the meeting point,
  • Insurance,
  • Transport and storage of boxes/ cartons/ hard bottom covers.

The destination

  • Pyrénées

    The Pyrenees! To summarize their beauty and diversity in a few lines would be vain ... From the green mountains of the Basque Country, to the wild lands of Ariège to the Catalan mountains with the scent of the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees are an invitation to travel.

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