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Quiet And Remote

This is at least a forty minute walk up the mountain - and keep in mind that they close between... read more

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Whissely
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Sao Paulo, SP
No pain no gain

If you pass by this abbey you must stop to visit it. It takes at least 30 min walk to reach it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
supernellis
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On an eagle's nest in the heart of the Massif du Canigou, the former Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin's discretely overhangs the valley since the XI century. A unique site just waiting to be discovered by the delighted rambler, with ist bell tower, marble capitals, the vaulted abbey-church and crypt... A jewel of early Romanesque architecture typical of this region.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“walk up” (6 reviews)
“guided tour” (9 reviews)
“steep climb” (3 reviews)
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66820 Casteil, France
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Reviewed yesterday

This is at least a forty minute walk up the mountain - and keep in mind that they close between noon and 14 hrs - which is the reason I am not giving them a five star reveiw. I had an excellent tour with one...More

Thank Whissely
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you pass by this abbey you must stop to visit it. It takes at least 30 min walk to reach it after you leave your car or bicycle in the parking. If you're not fit, take your time and take walking sticks. You'll be...More

Thank supernellis
Zeitlberger, Guide à l'abbaye at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your sympathical review. Please speak to your friends about our abbey. Best regards, Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

To reach the abbey you need to go by feet from the city centre of Castell. A taxi shuttle is possible for 15eur pp and one can wonder why you would need to take z taxi if a road is available. Well the road is...More

Thank Natalia K
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice review. We think that the site is worth to be visited for his nature and for his culture. The booklet of the abbey is translated in English and completes the guided tour. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Went here after reading about it on TripAdvisor. It is as stunning as is appears in everyone's photos. You can get a 4x4 Landrover up from Casteil which costs €15 per adult but it's a great walk up. There are two routes up from the...More

Thank sprinty187
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for yor nice and very detailed review. A little remark : We propose guided tours in English for groups of 20 persons or more (booking necessary). Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to climb towards the abbaye. A very nice (50m) walk with the children. Very steep but better than to pay a lot of money if you go by a 4x4 car (you need to). Once arrived it was really nice.

Thank Traveller_Tomasco
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for your review. Did you take a guided tour of the abbey, too? Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 31 July 2017

We hiked up the hill in the early morning and the sun was not fully over the path....something for everyone to consider as it is steep for those who do not regularly do this...go before the sun is over the path. It was totally worth...More

Thank hali-in-cuba64
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Hello, Thank you for your sympathical review. Please talk to your friends about your experience. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 14 July 2017

This a good walk. You will feel your heart pumping. You will feel sweaty. You will wonder "where is it?". It is worth it. The view is brilliant. The building feat mesmerising.The peaceful atmosphere intoxicating. Walk back down through the woods - cool and creepy.

Thank Mark L
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hello, Thank you for your original contribution. Did you pentrate also into the abbey on the occasion of a guided tour? Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 9 July 2017

You can either make the steep walk up - seriously steep, I'm told you can do it in 45 minutes but i reckon you'd need to be pretty fit -or you can take the bone-jarring jeep ride at 15 Euros return. whatever - it's worth...More

Thank Thursday41
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Hello, Thank you for this nice review. It will surely contribute to promulgate our beautiful site. Kind regards, Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 19 June 2017

Not the easiest place in the world to get to and a bit of effort is needed to reach the Abbey on foot from the village of Casteil. The track is generally good and is used by occasional road vehicles, though not accessible to the...More

Thank Howard B
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice, exact and very complete review wich will be useful for our English visitors. You surely will also speak to your friends about your visit. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

An almost surreal place high up on the flank of le Canigou. This is a functioning monastry, and a very scenic one too. They even sell their crafts in the little shop next to the monastry buildings. Make sure to do the hike up to...More

1  Thank Mortenpaatur
Zeitlberger, assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hello, Thank you for your very nice advice. We are glad that you like our site so much. Please speak to your friends about the abbey. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

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kenryandub
1 June 2015|
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The path behind the abbey is closes at the moment because the risk of collapse is significant near the abbey. Sr Maria Petra, guide of the abbey
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