OK, so I finally got the flights for my "December vacations", and, despite the initial plans, it will be Toulouse
I was putting together the pieces of this region, let's call it the Pyrenean Occitania
(mostly, but not only,historical Languedoc, if I am not mistaken), and there's a lot of interesting points even besides the omnipresent French camino
of Compostela. My head is already buzzing with ideas! I'd like to ask the community about some specific points:
- how much needed is the car to visit places beyond Toulouse and Carcassonne, like the Vauban fortifications
or the castle of Foix
? The former look a little remote on the map.
- and thinking about driving, my only concern for this season (first week of December) are the possible condition of the roads in the Pyrenean region, i.e. snow or frost in addition to possible winding roads. Does someone know? I have experience of small hill and mountain roads, but mostly in the good season. And how accessible will sites like the extended Carcassonne castles
or the caves
- speaking of "mysterious" TWHS, the rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées
is really undescript (probably likely to retire?). Apart it being in a quite eccentric position with respect to the rest of the attractions, does someone have experience of it, and how?
- and finally, do we know something about the primeval forest of Massane
, south of Perpignan? At a first glance of the official site
, I haven't found anything specific about visits... probably there's not really anything specific to say about it? But I fear it's not really the right season.
In total I will have full six days, so I think I can craft an extensive plan even if days will be short, but I enjoy kind of a slow pace, and I might like to stop for some nights in smaller places like Albi or villages at the feet of the Pyrenees... do someone has some sugegstions? One place I absolutely want to include due to personal (video-game-induced) fascination is Rennes-le-Château.
By the way, the plus beaux villages de France
were cited in previous posts. but I have not found a connection... might it be worth it? :-D