Cathars, castles and monasteries

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 saints of the Roman Church lived and worked (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 these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


During the tour you will discover the 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 these incredible destinations with us.

Montserrat - Spain

Only 50 km from Barcelona is one of the most important symbols for the Catalans – the holy mountain of Montserrat, which stands 1236 meters high. With a bit of luck and good weather you can see a lot of Catalan towns, the Mediterranean Sea and even the island of Mallorca. At an altitude of 721 meters you'll find 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

Located in this Catalan town is one of the biggest religious centres of Spain: a Cistercian Abbey. Inside you can visit the monastery, a 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

Thousands of people come to this Andorran village every year, on the 8th of September, 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 in 1972. It was subsequently reconstructed by the Catalan architect Ricard Bofill Leví. The form of building was inspired by the Andorran mountains and the traditional dry stone houses.


Vall d'Aran - Spain

This Catalan Valley is almost the only part of Spain located on the northern side of the Pyrenees Mountains. Its geographical and political isolation over the centuries has allowed Aran Valley to preserve its unique culture and language (Occitan). But Aran doesn't only have culture and beautiful traditional architecture – it also has amazing mountainous landscapes.

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, that constitute a UNESCO site. This charming valley offers its own thermal springs.


Lourdes - France

This French town is famous for the revelation of the Holy Mary which attracts 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, which passes by the famous alpine ski station of Pas de la Casa, with amazing views of the nearby mountain passes guaranteed.
This small French region is rich in cultural and natural touristic sites, such as the caves of Mas d’Azil, Bedeilhac, La Vache and Niaux, the Prehistoric Park in Tarascon, the castles of Foix and Montségur, which protected the Cathars against persecution by the papacy. Picturesque towns such as Mirepoix, Saint-Lizier and Ax-les-Thermes with thermal water are worth a visit.


Toulouse - France

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

Languedoc - Roussillon - France

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


Millau - France

The huge bridge crossing the Valley of Tarn is likely the only touristic site of France constructed in the XXI century. With a length of 2,5 km and an height of 343 meters it is even taller than Eiffel tower in Paris! It’s a must-see for all the architecture and engineering lovers.

Santiago - Spain

Located in north-west part of Spain, Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the Autonomous Region of Galicia and the most important cultural and academic centre in that part of Spain. It is the final point of the famous Camino de Santiago. With a dozens possible routes and itineraries, it is one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world. In this unique region of Spain the mountains, pits, rocky Coast of Death, eucalyptus forests, temperate maritime weather and local legends and traditions merge. These combine to create something completely different from rest of Spain or Portugal. The Scottish and Welsh countryside – remind many visitors of some of the elements of the landscape in Galicia. Galician people speak their own language, which is closely related to Portuguese. The old town of Santiago is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to beautiful granite houses and a giant cathedral that is considered as one of the most beautiful urban complexes of the world. Close to Santiago you will find also a lot of ancient monuments, such as megaliths and examples of Roman and Celt towns.


Fatima - Portugal

It is believed that the Holy Mary revealed herself to three children in Fatima in 1917. The contents of that peculiar conversation are now known as the Three Secrets of Fatima. Fatima is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world.

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