Frizztext’s A toZ challenge: P is for Puilaurens

Time again for Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge  – this week it’s P. From my travels, P could be for Painshill Park, Paris, Peyrepertuse, Phaestos, Pisa, Pistyll Rhaeadr, Pitigliano, Poienari castle, Polesden Lacey, Potsdam, Pottenstein, Provence, and umpteen more….. But I shall choose Puilarens.

The ruined Cathar castle of Puilaurens, to be more specific. We went some years ago now, but I was already compromised regarding balance and stamina. The Cathar castles were places I really wanted to see, and not just from a distance. Peyrepertuse I ruled out straight away, on account of the climb up to it, and the extremely uneven terrain….

So Puilaurens it was (and also the Chateaux de Lastours – one of those might make Q!).

The climb to Puilaurens was quite steep, nonetheless, and quite a challenge for me! But what a place! Fabulous structure and wonderful views from the top.

Puilaurens, distant view

Puilaurens, distant view

Puilaurens Cathar castle

Puilaurens Cathar castle

Puilaurens  - almost there!

Puilaurens – almost there!

Head over to Frizz’s blog for more ‘P’s




  1. What an amazing place….have to visit:)

    • It certainly is! I would also recommend the Chateaux de Lastours as there are four castle towers on the hillsides here. The whole area is steeped in history, with some ruined abbeys and interesting villages too.

    • And to follow my last comment “Je suis une amoureuse des vieilles pierres”……

  2. Those two ramblers in the bottom left corner of the first pic really do add something!

  3. Jealous. And impressed by your stamina.

    • Well I was 100% knackered by the end of this jaunt…. Years ago it wouldn’t have affected me, and now I wouldn’t even attempt it 😦

  4. We didn’t visit this one so thanks for the view, Sue 🙂

  5. merci for featuring this wonderful castle! P.S.: we have only visited Paris and Potsdam, congrats for: “Painshill Park, Paris, Peyrepertuse, Phaestos, Pisa, Pistyll Rhaeadr, Pitigliano, Poienari castle, Polesden Lacey, Potsdam, Pottenstein, Provence, and Puilarens…”

  6. That is a very steep climb, I’m so impressed you made it to the top

  7. What a pretty location, Sue. I bet the views were lovely when you got up there 🙂

  8. wonderful pictures, post, and a wonderful place Sue. Recognised that very distinctive and dramatic fortress on the hill top, as was in this amazing region May last year. We had filthy luck with the weather, the day we visited here it rained so hard, we were advised not to attempt that steep climb in the wet for safety reasons (!)
    But the whole week-long trip, (we went to Albi and so on too, and the canal de Midi) It’s hard not to be struck with the, as you say, often rugged beauty, the richness of medieval art and architecture, and indeed the sheer saturation of history, much of it very violent and very sad. When I got back home, did some research on that history, on the Cathars and the Albigensians Crusade in particular. Later tried up summarize what i learned in this little piece, am posting link just i case, its useful or of interest to you.
    Personally i can’t wait to get back to Languedoc. Your piece made me very nostalgic! Thank you for the excellent post.
    best regards- Arran.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Arran. What rotten luck you had bad weather when you were in that region, but it was quite right not to go in the wet, it’s a steep and very uneven climb.

  9. That is some climb! I have done Paris, Polesden Lacey and Pistyll Rhaeadr, and quite fancy Provence! My knees aren’t so keen on ups and even more so, the downs, these days. Ah, you take it all for granted when young… and fit.. and healthy!

    • Like you, the downs are even more of a problem than the ups for me! Balance and muscle responses not being what they should be….I was saying to a friend yesterday that I used to practically run up slopes and down again when I was young!!! 🙂

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