Cathars, castles and monasteries

Especially for you we have prepared a unique pilgrimage and historic route, which connects both very known and local holy sites of Andorra, France, Spain and Portugal.

This tour includes Holy Mary famous sanctuaries, places where lived and worked the saints and the blessed of Roman Church (e.g. Ignacio Loyola, Saint James, Saint John of God, Saint Dominic, St. Theresa…), churches, cathedrals, some fragments of St. James Way and other monuments. Some of them are enrolled on UNESCO World Heritage List.

During the tour we will discover also very interesting history of these regions: Cathars castles, Jewish heritage, Spanish and Catalan fortresses and castles, abandoned mosques and last but not least – huge, beautiful churches and cathedrals, for which the Spanish Kingdom is especially known.

Visit with us our destinations.

Montserrat - Spain
Only 50 km from Barcelona there is one of the most important symbols for the Catalans – the holy mountain of Montserrat, 1236 meters high. With a bit of luck and good weather you could be able to see a lot of Catalan towns, Mediterranean Sea and even Mallorca Island. On an altitude of 721 meters there is a Benedictine monastery with over 80 monks still living there. The convent is known for the revelation of Holy Mary, known as La Moreneta. Her sanctuary is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

Poblet - Spain
In this Catalan town there is located one of the biggest religious centres of Spain: Cistercian Abbey. Inside you can visit the monastery, XII-century beautiful church, the palace of kings of the Aragón and the Royal Pantheon. A part of the complex is still inhabited by the local monks.

Meritxell - Andorra
To this Andorran village every year, 8 of September, there come thousands of people to celebrate one of national holidays – Day of Holy Mary of Meritxell. It is one of only four national holidays in Andorra. The sanctuary itself was partially destroyed by fire on 1972, then was reconstructed by the Catalan architect Ricard Bofill Leví. The form of building was inspired by Andorran mountains and traditional dry stone houses.

 

Vall d’Aran - Spain
This Catalan Valley is almost the only part of Spain located in the north part of the Pyrenees Mountains. The geographical and political isolation during the centuries allowed Aran Valley preserving its unique culture and language (Occitan). But Aran is not only the culture and beautiful traditional architecture – there is also its amazing mountainous landscape.

Vall de Boí - Spain
Located next to the Aigüestortes National Park, this picturesque valley possesses one of the most valuable treasures of Catalonia – some beautiful Romanesque churches, inscribed on the list of UNESCO. This charming valley offers it own thermal springs.

Lourdes - France
This French town is very famous not only for its monuments, the fame of revelation of Holy Mary of Lourdes brings there millions of pilgrims and tourists every year.

Ariège - France
Ariège is a French department located in the Pyrenees, on the border with Andorra.  From Andorra there is only one way to get to this region, by the famous alpine ski station Pas de la Casa, amazing views of the nearby mountains pass guaranteed.
This small French region is rich in cultural and natural touristic sites, as the caves of Mas d’Azil, Bedeilhac, La Vache and Niaux, Prehistoric Park in Tarascon, the castles of Foix and Montségur, which protected the Cathars against persecution by the papacy. The picturesque towns such as Mirepoix, Saint-Lizier and Ax-les-Thermes with thermal water are worth to visit.

Toulouse - France
The 4th biggest French city is a real capital of culture, technology and science of Southern France. Known as a “rose city” because of the colour of its buildings, has got a lot of interesting monuments, the most known: City Hall, three universities and it is headquarter of Airbus Company.

Languedoc Roussillon - France
Next to Catalonia and Andorra, Languedoc – Roussillon is the southern French region.
Not many years ago, its southern part belonged to Spain, now it is known in Spain as North Catalonia and in France as the department of Eastern Pyrenees. The visitant will find many attractive sites: the Cathars castles of Peyperetruse, Puilaurens, Quéribus and Arques, huge medieval fortress of Carcassonne, the beaches and cliffs of Red Coast (prolongation of Costa Brava) and Amethyst Coast, Pyrenees Mountains, the monuments of Carcassonne, Perpignan and Narbonne.
 

Millau - France
Huge bridge crossing the Valley of Tarn – probably the only touristic site of France constructed in XXI century. With a longitude of 2,5 km and an altitude of 343 meters it is taller even than Eiffel tower in Paris! It’s a must-see for all the architecture and technique lovers.

Santiago de Compostela - Spain
Located in north-west part of Spain, Santiago de Compostela is capital of Autonomous Region of Galicia and the most important cultural and academic centre in that part of Spain. It is a final point of the famous Camino de Santiago. With a dozens of possible routes and itineraries, the Way becomes one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world. In Galicia the mountains, pits, rocky Coast of Death, eucalyptus forests, English-like weather and local legends and traditions merge creating this unique Spanish region – so different than the Mediterranean rest of Spain or Portugal. If you wish to refresh your memory back home after visiting Galicia – think about the Scottish and Welsh countryside – some elements of landscape are astonishingly similar. Galician people speak their own language, closely related to Portuguese. The old town of Santiago is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful granite houses and giant cathedral and it is considered as one of the most beautiful urban complex of the world. Close to Santiago you will find also a lot of ancient monuments, like megalithic monuments or examples of Roman and Celt towns.

Fatima - Portugal
It is Fatima where in 1917 three children saw the Holy Mary. The content of that peculiar conversation is now known as the Three Secrets of Fatima. Fatima is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world.

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