Occitania and Andorra Roadtrip in 7 Days

January 23, 2022

Visit 3 countries in 7 days with his exciting Occitania and Andorra roadtrip that I’m so excited to share with you!

Hope you like it!

Highlights:

  • Get the best bang for your buck with duty free shopping in Andorra.
  • Visit one of the most eccentric museums in the world.
  • Explore Cathar Castles and Carcassonne.
  • Eat at a Michelin restaurant in the French countryside.
  • Marvel at beautiful landscapes throughout your journey.
  • Wander through some of the most beautiful villages in France.
  • Enjoy fun wine tasting experiences.

Day 1: Toulouse to Andorra La Vella

Start your road trip in Toulouse and slowly make your way to Andorra La Vella.

Stop on the way: Foix Castle

Foix Castle is famous because it became the shelter for many persecuted Cathars during the crusade against the Albigneses in the 12th-13th century.

It’s a pretty steep climb up but totally worth it! Read more about the interesting history here.

Continue on to Andorra and drive past the famous Castle of Montségur, one of the last Cathar strongholds. Legend has it that the mythical Holy Grail was kept here, but smuggled out before the Cathar Surrender.

Cross the border into the microstate of Andorra and spend the night in Andorra la Vella.

Day 2: Andorra La Vella to Collioure

Andorra La Vella is a bit weird, but in a good way. You will find some modern buildings as well as some very old quaint side streets and not to mention Gaudi’s art work!

Of course Andorra is a shopper’s paradise, especially for cosmetics, perfumes and watches!

Exit Andorra on the Spanish side and drive through beautiful landscapes back into France and continue in the direction of the Mediterranean coast.

Stop on the way: Villefranche-de-Conflent

Wander for a couple of hours in this lovely medieval village and get lost in the lonely alleys. The fortifications on top of the hill were installed during Louis XIV’s reign. Now they are Unesco listed.

Spend the night in Collioure. You will not regret waking up to the sight of the beautiful Côte Vermeille!

Day 3: Collioure

Spend the day in Collioure. It is a charming seaside town with much to offer. It is famous for its great restaurants as well as being a muse for many famous, writers and painters. Art lovers will especially enjoy the Museum of Modern Art and all the other galleries around town.

Collioure

Other activities include: Beaches, The Fauvism Path, The Royal Palace, Notre Dame des Anges, Madeloc Tower.

Day 4: Collioure to Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse

Enjoy breakfast by the sea and drive to the Spanish border to visit the quirky Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres.

For tickets and more information, check out these handy links below:

After the museum have a brief stroll through Figueres, snack on some tapas and take the coastal route back into France.

On the way sample some wines at Terres des Templiers or other wineries in Cerbère and Banyuls.

To experience real French countryside living, spend the night in a small village called Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse near Lagrasse.

Where to eat nearby: Auberge du Vieux Puits– Gilles Goujon (Michelin 3 star) or for a more affordable option try O Mazette. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here.

Where to stay: We recommend the charming La Villa Celine.

Day 5: Countryside & Lagrasse

Enjoy the drive through the French countryside to Lagrasse, which is only 10km away.

Lagrasse is a hidden gem! The abbey was built by the order of Charlemagne in 783. In Lagrasse town centre you can still see a market built in 1315 with stone pillars. Lagrasse is considered one of France’s most beautiful villages, and rightly so!

Day 6: Saint-Laurent-de-la-Cabrerisse to Carcassonne

Saving the best for last! The medieval city is surrounded by 3km long walls interspersed by 52 towers!

Carcassonne
Carcassonne

For more information about things to do in Carcassonne check out this handy link:

Where to eat: For some enjoyable traditional dishes try restaurant Auberge Des Lices. They have a nice atmospheric outside terrace as well.

Where to stay: Our advice is to stay in the Cité which you can explore at leisure after the tourists have left or before they arrive the next morning. We recommend Best Western Plus Le Donjon – Cœur de La Cité Médiévale.

Day 7: Carcassonne back to Toulouse

Spend some time in Toulouse and pop into the Couvent des Jacobins, the mother church of the Dominican Order, built in 1215. It still houses the relics of Thomas Aquinas. It is a particularly beautiful cloister!

Couvent de Jacobins

Here is a handy link in case you feel like extending your trip in Toulouse and wondering what more there is to see do.

Hope you found this 7 day Occitania and Andorra itinerary enjoyable and useful! In case you are interested in similar articles, check out Explore Normandy in 6 Days, The Best of Andalucia or Northern Pakistan: Skardu to Gilgit in 8 days.

Sincerely,
Elaine
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