La Douce France
,a surprising region in the south of France
. The trip starts in the vibrant pink city of Toulouse
where you can easily stay a few extra days. From Toulouse, drive to the beautiful old town of Albi
on the Tarn River, where most of the houses and buildings are made of red bricks. The historic art city of Pezenas
is the next base from where you take a boat trip on Canal du Midi.
Finish in charming Collioure,
surrounded by the Pyrenees
and set in a beautiful bay. Where the world can't find you...
Tips & tops from Roadtrip Occitanie:
- The entire trip will be accompanied by one and the same English-speaking experienced guide
- In Albi, visit the famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum and be overwhelmed by the abundance of pomp and circumstance at the imposing Sainte-Cécile Cathedral
- Pilgrimage site Rocamadour - famous for its shrines and the black Madonna - is built on a rock above the River Alzou
- Medieval Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and the beautifully preserved Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert have been voted 'Plus beaux villages de France'
- Enjoy the idyllic places on the Canal du Midi such as the medieval village of Argens-Minervois and the nine antique locks of Fonseranes
- Banyuls is a beautiful region full of slopes and terraces, close to the Spanish border, where the delicious especially sweet wines are made
- Local fishing village Cadaqués is known for artist Salvador Dalí; his house is now a museum
- Imagine yourself in a lunar landscape among the jagged rock formations in the beautiful Nature Reserve Cap de Creus
- Industrial heritage l'Anse de Paulilles, which until the 1980s was one of the largest dynamite factories in Europe, provided rods for wars and construction projects such as the Panama Canal and the Mont Blanc tunnel. Co-owner Alfred Nobel - indeed, that of the Nobel Prize - got rich with it
- On a visit to the medieval town of Carcassonne you will be overwhelmed by this completely walled fortress that is considered the largest in Europe.