Immerse yourself in the world of local crafts, a heritage from our past. Discover the stages of the manufacture of the fabric and the horn comb in a dedicated museum. To end the day in style, you will discover the tragic history of the castle of Montségur, emblem of Catharism and Great Site Occitanie - South of France, as well as its archeology museum.


Cathar Pyrenees

Located to the east of Ariège, on the border of the Aude, this territory, labeled "Country of Art and History", revolves around [...]


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1 - Guided tour of the textile and horn comb museum in Lavelanet

9h30: This museum in Lavelanet is located in a former cloth factory. The visit is enriched with demonstrations to discover the fabric manufacturing processes (manual and mechanical spinning, dyeing, etc.).

2 - Guided tour of the '' Tissages Cathares '' workshop in Villeneuve d'Olmes

11h30: It is the logical continuation of the visit of the museum. After having gone back in time to the gates of the 21st century, extending the visit to Tissages Cathares allows you to make the link with contemporary activity in the atmosphere of a company and its production and its line of household linen in factory direct sale.

Local lunch at the restaurant '' Le Castel d'Olmes '' in Laroque d'Olmes.

Suggested menu:
Ariègeoise salad
(Green salad, tomatoes, gizzards, Bethmale cheese)
Confit duck leg
Apple pie and fruit salad
Wine and coffee

3 - Stories on the history of Catharism at the foot of the castle of Montségur

14h30: Perched at an altitude of 1207 m, this citadel of vertigo was the capital of the Cathar Church. At the end of a terrible siege in 1244, the Cathars were led to the stake. Catharism will never recover from the loss of Montségur.
Continue with a free visit to the historical and archaeological museum of Montségur where remains of excavations such as cannonballs, scissors, weapons and objects from the daily life of the men and women who have followed one another on the site of the Château de Montségur are exposed.

4 - Visit and tasting at the Fontestorbes lemonade in Bélesta

The lemonade is handcrafted with water from the famous intermittent fountain of Fontestorbes.

17:30 p.m .: End of your day.

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