"Visit Peyrepertuse at night" Duilhac Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

Duilhac Things to Do: 22 reviews and 102 photos

  Mighty silhouette of Peyrepertuse at night
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During dinner at a small inn in Duilhac, I had a chat with the owner who volunteered in the restoration works in his youth and he supported my idea to visit Peyrepertuse at night, so, after dinner I decided to walk up with my headlamp.
I was not disappointed!
The black tormented shapes in the sky (picture 1) look even more impressive, but more impressive is the atmosphere when you reach the ruins, listening to the wind, feeling the cool air on the skin, walking carefully on the loose stones, the shades of the high walls. . . . . and once up a wall, you can see down to the Mediterranean sea (picture 2), see the lights of Perpignan, 60 km away, the Pas du Maury mountain with the silhouette of Queribus castle carving the sky.
The castle is totally different at night and the headlamp shows only a small bit of the surroundings like the flashlight of the camera; the doors are like opening on emptiness (picture 3), the santolines are like alone in nothingness (picture 4) above the cliff; flowers, stones, doors are like isolated, like individual objects in the atmosphere of the fortress, and when passing under the door with spikes, on the way back, you are almost relieved the spikes did not fall and close the door, keeping you with the inhabitants of the fortress for the night. . or longer. . . . .

Medieval festival in August and activities and exhibitions (falconry, medieval battles, medieval market, music, etc. . . ) in July-August

A small road leads from the village to a parking place not far from the feet of the castle: 10-15 mn walk on an uneven track.
At night, no entrance fee, just pass the door.

Directions: Duilhac sous Peyrepertuse, on road D14; 45 km NW of Perpignan or 60 km SW of Narbonne
42°52’15”N; 2°33’20”E

Website: http://www.chateau-peyrepertuse.com/informationsPratiquesChateau.aspx

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 1, 2010
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