The area around Quillan, like the southern Languedoc region in general, contains a rich variety of beautiful landscapes with stunning views, providing a range of challenging and easy walks — both mountain and river walks.
Quillan itself sits in the foothills of the Pyrenees so the walks and views are spectacular. It’s a haven for wildlife and is a bird-watcher’s paradise, so maybe pack a bird guide and some binoculars too. Apart from birds, you may well get a glimpse of deer, sanglier (wild boar), wild goats, and large foot-long lizards!
It is also the ideal base for walking sections of the Cathar Trail or Sentier Cathar (this part of the Languedoc where the Cathars thrived is known as the Pays Cathar). So why not make Chateau View at Quillan your perfect base for a walking holiday?
Before you set out walking we recommend you consult local guide books and the detailed maps for walkers (Cartes de Randonnées) which you’ll find in the local Tabac across the square as well as in the Quillan tourist office. To help you prepare for your walking holiday we’ve also put links to some good detailed walking maps for this area which you can buy online from Amazon.co.uk (see the box in the right-hand column).
The map below shows all the local walking routes around Quillan. Click on the map for a larger version.
Walks are colour coded as follows:
Blue – easy / Red – medium / Black – difficult