Way of Good Men
We walk through the mountains and the great valleys of the Pyrenees, retracing the footsteps of the Occitan Cathars in their exile through castles, hermitages, and medieval villages.
The Way of Good Men is a trans-Pyrenean itinerary of about 200 km that starts at the Shrine of Queralt (Berga) and ends in Foix, Ariège. The route recalls the exile of the Occitan Cathars – the Good Men and the Good Women – in the 13th century. The Cathars promoted a return to a pure and simple Christianity in the face of the Catholic Church of their time, which they considered corrupt and ostentatious, and which declared them heretics.
The journey on foot is structured in 10 stages signposted as the GR 107 long-distance trail and runs through beautiful Pyrenean landscapes on both sides of the mountain range. During the route, we discover charming mountain villages and we can visit countless cultural, historical, and natural sights that round off the experience. In turn, we can rest in lodgings with different features and enjoy good cuisine based on excellent local produce. The trip can be done in different ways (guided, self-guided ...) and includes specialized hiking guides and agencies that organize it with a wide range of services and experiences related to the route.
From the Shrine of Queralt (Berga) to Gósol: between lustful troubadours and heretic villagers
29.36 km | +1,325 m / -1,150 m
From Gósol to Bagà: between the magical Pedraforca and the gentle face of Cadí
23.8 km | +610 m / -1,110 m
From Bagà to Bellver de Cerdanya: crossing the Cadí mountain range
21.71 km | +1,215 m / -966 m
From Bellver de Cerdanya to Porta: along border roads
35.52 km | +1,485m / -1,006m
From Porta to Mérens-les-Vals through the Arieja valley: Pimorent, land of contrasts
21.90 km | +635 m / -1,059 m
From Mérens-les-Vals to Orgeix: a pass and two villages
17.97 km | +766 m / -1,016 m
From Orgeix to Comús: 360° through the Pyrenees mountain range
22.65 km | +1,264 m / -921 m
From Comús to Montsegur: through impressive gorges
16.103 km | +539 m / -796 m
From Montsegur to Roquefixade: through the weavers’ country
16.05 km | +623 m / -1,016 m
From Roquefixade to Foix: in search of the Counts of Foix
16.78 km | +632 m / 1,016 m
Looking for an alternative to the usual mountain destinations? In the Pirineus Barcelona area, you can follow in the footsteps of the Cathars along the Camí dels Bons Homes (Path of the Good Men), a trans-Pyrenean route stretching from the Sanctuary of Queralt, in Berga, to the Château de Montségur, in the Ariège department in Southern France. This route is now a Long-Distance Path (GR-107) and is suitable for hikers, equestrians and —in most sections— mountain bikers. It’s a truly unforgettable experience, however you choose to travel it!