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Fortress of Salses

66600 Salses-Le-Chateau, France
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Impressive castle. Must see. The guided tour was in french. But should have been in english as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tonsberg, Norway
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Well worth a couple of hours

We had passed the interesting shaped fortress many times on the autoroute, and it's less than 40... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Salses fortress was built between 1497 and 1504 by the Spaniards to protect their northern province of Roussillon which was finally conquered by France in 1642. Behind the defensive walls the complex fortress features buildings on three to six levels linked by a maze of corridors and walkways. The fort incorporates three independent sections: the living quarters, battlements and the keep. Open: > 1st June to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. > 1st October to 31st May: from 10 am to 12.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
66600 Salses-Le-Chateau, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive castle. Must see. The guided tour was in french. But should have been in english as well, since we do not understand french

Thank Diderik123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had passed the interesting shaped fortress many times on the autoroute, and it's less than 40 minutes away, but it was my stepdaughter who spurred us to visit. What an impressive structure, especially the design, considering it was 500 years ago. From the defenses...More

Thank RickAdamsABC
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Architecturally magnificent structure. This is not your typical French chateau as it was built by the Spanish strictly for military purposes so you won't see any elegant design or beautiful artistry - stricly a functional military structure. What is there is really a testament to...More

Thank Pepperman92
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Very nice & interesting. God explanations from the staff. Not far away from the beach A good idea is to visit it at 4:00 to have better temperatures.

Thank BernardGE
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We decided to have a liesurely day off and get the train from Narbonne to Salses to visit the the Fortress of Salses le Chateau. It was a great experience. The entrance fee of 8 euro included a guided tour of areas which are normally...More

Thank Travelgurus
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Visit on way from Beziers to Santa Susanna. Very interesting fortress. Plenty to see. Guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This castle was recommended to us by our concierge and is presented in most of pamphlets about this region. We followed a guide (French speaking) who did her best to accommodate our language limitations. She brought the castle to life and made its history real....More

Thank MikeSATraveller
Reviewed 15 January 2017

A wonderful place to visit. Full of history. Open all year (except for key holiday days eg Christmas day) We visited in the afternoon, after the lunchtime break. Before entering we walked round the whole site which was very interesting as you get a real...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We have passed this fortress covered in cranes for so long that we were keen to visit now the works are finished. We didn't realize they like you to join a tour and so we arrived just after 11am. However although the tour had started,...More

1  Thank MesQ53
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This was an unexpected visit en route to elsewhere. What a find. This incredible fortress is stunning and well worth a visit. We didn't have time to do it justice, but after walking round the exterior we were astounded by the dimensions of it. If...More

Thank grangan
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