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Interesting and beautiful abbey in a spectacular setting

Not the easiest place in the world to get to and a bit of effort is needed to reach the Abbey on... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Howard B
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
Beautiful place, great walk

An almost surreal place high up on the flank of le Canigou. This is a functioning monastry, and a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mortenpaatur
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Skanderborg, Denmark
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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66820 Casteil, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Mortenpaatur
Zeitlberger, assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 9 May 2017

We found this walk in the Sentiers D'Emilie Roussillon book and had tried to do it 18 months before, but the paths were closed due to mud slides. We were lucky to have a beautifully sunny day for our walk with not much wind and...More

Thank Mandy J
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Hello, thank you for your advice. I am astonished that you did not see on our website that the abbey is closed on Good Friday. As it is not possible on Tripadvisor to give you the URL of the page, I copied below the general...More

Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Abbey set high up. Expect a 50 min walk to get to the top, not for the faint hearted or those with walking problems. We were too late to get into the Abbey but just walking round the outside was worth the long hike.

Thank HappLL
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice advice. Sorry that you could not get into the abbey. The hours of the guided tours are indicated on two boards before walking up. Best regards Sr Maria Petra

Reviewed 27 November 2016

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...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

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

Reviewed 18 October 2016

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...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2016

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

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...More

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Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

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

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...More

Thank aa27
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2016

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

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...More

Thank Robin A
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2016

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

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...More

Thank Pip T
Zeitlberger, Assistante relations publiques at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2016

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

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kenryandub
Hi I have walked from the car park at Casteil to Abbaye Saint Martin This is the main route most people take There is an alternative route ; just behind the Abbey, there are steps to an unpaved path,, which leads down. Does this path bring me back to Casteil is it dangerous, very steep, no gaurd rails Does it pass near to properties with dangerous guard dogs
1 June 2015|
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Response from Zeitlberger | Property representative |
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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