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Historical village at the crossroads of several ancient communication routes, Fenouillet rises to 530 meters on a rocky outcrop between the St. Jaume Gorges and the Boucheville Forest.

This location gives it a strong strategic position, notwithstanding the presence of the Castle of St. Peter which dates back to before the year 800, and which was the seat of a Viscount, successively belonging to the Counts of Toulouse, Barcelona and the Kings of Aragon. Two lines of fortifications, the two castles Castel Fizel and Sabarda once protected the village.

Through out its long history, Fenouillet has retained the traces of its castle, which is a rare example of military architecture, and remained undisturbed by the crusade against the Cathars. Archaeological campaigns have led to a significant enhancement of this heritage.

Situated at the foot of the Boucheville forest, a pleasant visit to this historic village is a good starting point for the many hiking trails and mountain biking trails


Contact Town hall

Mayor : Jean-Louis RAYNAUD

Postal address : La Vilasse 66220 Fenouillet

Téléphone : 00(33)4 68 59 90 39

E-mail address :

Website :


Opening hours of the Town Hall

Tuesday 8.00 am – 12 am 1.30 pm - 5h30 pm

Thursday 8.00 am – 12 am 1.30 pm - 5h30 pm


General information

Names of people Fenouillétencs

Population 84 people

Area 1880 hectares


Places of interest to discover

Natural Heritage : Gorges Saint-Jaume

Cultural Heritage : Château Saint-Pierre (La Vilasse), Tour de Sabarda (La Vilasse)

Curiosities : GR 36, Sentier Cathare and Tour du Fenouillèdes – Touristic footpaths


Special festivals and cultural events

Saint-jean bonfire party June

Saint-Nazaire bonfire party Novembrer


Practical Information

Accomodation Natural camping site (25 pitches), 1 gîte rural

Shops Visiting traders, local craftsmen

Organizations ACCA, AVA, Sabarda, Campagn'Arts