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Address: 66820 Casteil, France
Phone Number: +33 4 68 05 50 03
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Sun 10:00 - 10:15
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Tue - Sun 14:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 11:00
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On an eagle's nest in the heart of the Massif du Canigou, the former...

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.

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An out-of-this-world place!

At the end of a winding and seemingly endless road from Casteil lies the Abbaye St Martin. It seems incredible that anyone got the idea to build an abbey here, but the location is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Skanderborg, Denmark
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Skanderborg, Denmark
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At the end of a winding and seemingly endless road from Casteil lies the Abbaye St Martin. It seems incredible that anyone got the idea to build an abbey here, but the location is stunningly beautiful, and the early medieval architecture is as beautiful as everywhere in the Eastern Pyrenees. For the best view, follow the footpath past the ticket... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for nice and very realistic review. Please mention the abbey to your friends. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

UK
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73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We walked up in 30 minutes(from start of the path)from Casteil car park. We parked near the Mairie/ Tourist Office but there is also parking higher up nearer the start of the path. There is also a cafe right next to the start of the path. The path is concrete all the way up and just wide enough for the... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your nice and very informative review. In autumn and sprigtime the shop is open only at the visiting hours, but in summer it is open all day. Please speak also about the abbey to your friends. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

Lafayeffe, La
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We parked at the base of the cliff and began our hike. I had read that there were 4X4's available if you make reservations certain days of the week. I found the hike fairly enjoyable, and not too strenuous, but since my husband was on beta-blockers it was a bit arduous for him. We took our time and were certainly... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your very friendly advice. We are glad that you enjoyed our site, not only as tourists, but also as persons who are seeking God. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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315 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

You can walk up along the private paved road, mostly in the shadow, or you can call for a 4x4 taxi. At the entrance, a nice nun sells you the tickets for the guided tour. The Abbey is impressive, so isolated in the wood. There are still some nuns, and our guide was a young volonteer very motivated and enthusiastic... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank your for your interesting review. We are happy that you liked our abbey and the guided tour. Please speak also to your friends about the abbey. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

Eus, France
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The walk up to the Abbeys is stunning and impressive. It takes 30-40 minutes without stops and it's worth it a lot ! The views during the walk are stunning and lovely. I asked myself how a 4x4 can climb up to the Abbey in the summer.. Arriving in the abbey take an extra walk above the abbey with a... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for this very nice advice. Driving up in 4x4 is a bit difficult, but the taxi drivers are used to it. We are happy that you enjoyed the visit. Please talk around you about your experience. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

We've put off visiting the abbey many times because we didn't fancy the long steep climb. In March the weather isn't too hot, so it took less than 30 minutes to get to the top. The abbey tour is a bit long and it's in French, but the guide was charming and spoke slowly so I could follow most of... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your advice. We are happy that you arrived to climb up to the abbey and that you could understand our guide. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

St Andrews, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

The walk up to the Abbey is about 250m and rakes 30 mins without stops. It is worth it. The views are stunning and the Abbey is very pretty. In the summer you can get a 4x4 up to the Abbey - I would imagine that this would detract from the beauty of the place. On the walk up we... More 

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Zeitlberger, assistante relation publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your nice notification. We hope that you liked also the visit of the abbey. The height différence between Casteil et the abbey is 250 m, but the length ist 1600 m. Best regards Sr Maria Petra More 

Blackpool
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32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

This is one of the most beautiful places we have visited. We now make a point of visiting the abbey at least once a year, and certainly on 28th. September, which is our wedding anniversay. We always have a chat with the sister currently on duty in the visitor centre (In French, of course). We are christians, but not Church... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

The hike/walk up to the Abbey offered beautiful views & great exercise. You could cheat & pay 12€ for a ride up. We took a video of a vehicle going up & there was a nun driving it! The Abbey was very nice. We did do the guided tour but it was all in French so we did a lot... More 

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your nice advice. I only want to note that the brothers and sisters of the community don't provide transportation for tourists. We go up and down for our own needs. The fee of the visit is 6 €. For English speaking people there are sheets with a translation and some photos to help them for the... More 

Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 638 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

When I came to Vernet les Bains the place I most wanted to see was the Abbey of St Martin de Canigou. It's not that I am remotely religious, but having seen stunning pictures I really wanted to see it for myself. So we drove up from Vernet to the incredibly sleepy village of Casteil where we parked the car.... More 

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