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A visit to a castle — whether you stumble over one during a hike outdoors or walk your way around the grounds with a guide — is always something special, and you’ve got 9 beautiful castles to choose from in the Massif Central. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 9 castles in the Massif Central

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    1

    Château de Rocamadour

    Hiking Highlight

    On the "second level" of Rocamadour there are seven churches: the most important is the Lady Chapel of Our Lady of Rocamadour, which stands above the crypt of St. Amadour. …

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    Loubressac

    Hiking Highlight

    The townscape of Loubressac, which in its entirety looks medieval and idyllic, has changed somewhat in recent years due to a few new buildings, but all new buildings have been …

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    3

    Château des Roure

    Road Cycling Highlight

    On the way from Orgnav-l'Aven down to the valley of the Ardèche you come through the village Labastide-de-Virac. Already on the way you can see the village with the pretty …

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    Chateaux Craux

    Hiking Highlight

    Nicely located old château. However, relatively little received. In the low season, the store was also closed for snacks and cheese.

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    Saint-Julien-d'Arpaon is a small village on the southern edge of the Cévennes. It lies in the valley of the Mimente, a tributary of the Tarn. The commune is home to …

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    Forteresse de Polignac

    Hiking Highlight

    Obviously, the fortress is located above the village Polignac on a volcanic rock plate, which slopes steeply towards the sides. Among other things, because of this, the fortress was never …

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    Château de Peyrelade

    Hiking Highlight

    Opening:
    May and June: open weekends and public holidays from 10.30am to 5.30pm
    From 13 June to 30 June and from 1 to 20 September: open from 10.30 am to …

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    8

    Montdardier

    Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

    Nice climb, good to drive, low traffic, scenic.
    The street is very old, Romans and Knights Templar were already on the way here.
    On the way up you have time …

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    Château de Cabrerets

    Hiking Highlight

    Small place below large rock walls with a castle. On the river bank is a beach with a slide for canoes (and people).

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