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Fort de Salses and the gorgeous Corbières
Easily spotted from the A9 Autoroute, the Fort de Salses is well worth a closer look. Once a frontier fortification quarreled over by Spain and France, its peculiar construction owes everything to the emergence of artillery. The walls grew massively thick and sunken as medieval defenses transitioned into the age of gunpowder.The fort is a national monument and a two-star Michelin attraction. There are good bathrooms and an attractive gift shop with some unusual items. For more information visit the website from French historic sites: http://www.monuments-france.fr/.We took the long way home, adding a sweepingly scenic meander through the rugged limestone hills and canyons of the Corbières. Time to the fort: under an hour.
Directions: Take the A9 south toward Barcelona. Take exit 40. Head for Leucate, but you'll quickly pick up the N9 south to Sales-le-Château, the town outside the fort's walls. Incidentally, you'll pass near Fitou, a notable wine AOC. To do the Corbières leg, take the N9 south out of Sales-le-Château, pick up the D83 west, then the D12, which winds up into the mountains. At Vingrau, follow the road to Tuchan. At Tuchan, pick up the D611 and follow that through Durban-Corbières. Turn right onto D611A and follow the blue signs back to the A9.
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