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The Route of the Cathars

It links the town of Foix in Ariège with the town of Berga in Catalonia. It is perfect for exploring the Cathar country. It takes over a week to walk from one end to the other.

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Le Chemin des Bonshommes Spain
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Le Chemin des Bonshommes

The 'Chemin des Bonshommes' (or GR107) links France to Catalonia. To get from the Castle of Montségur to the Sanctuary of Queralt in Berga, you just have to follow the 'Chemin de Cathares', formerly nicknamed 'chemin des bonshommes'. During the 12th and 14th centuries, Cathars fleeing the Inquisition used this route to find refuge in Catalonia. Thus, following the GR 107 on foot, horse or bicycle, means crossing the Pyrenees and discovering splendid landscapes imbued with history. The Catalan section has four to five stages. Some of the passages can be covered using transport, with the GR 107 offering an alternative.
The humid Mediterranean mountains stand side by side with those of a more alpine nature on these 11,725 miles of Catalan soil. You will be immersed in protected spaces like the Queralt or Ensija mountain chain in the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park and the Llosa reserve. You may also come across small Romanesque churches along the way, reminding you of the human aspect of this walk at the heart of the mountains. The route ends at Berga, where the location and view generated the name of "balcony of Catalonia". Ultimately, the 'Chemin des Bonshommes' is only the beginning of a journey through this region full of character.

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