Languedoc-Roussillon the perfect region for an “out of the beaten tracks” trip. Here you will have the chance to see some of the greatest sites in France, many of them on the UNESCO World Heritage List. But Languedoc is also the perfect place to enjoy some relax on the beach, like the wonderful Collioure.
Follow us along our Carcassonne to the Coast trip and discover the best of this amazing region!
Carcassonne – the jewel of Languedoc
This trip begins in wonderful Carcassonne, a walled medieval city recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site before pedaling onward to Limoux for a taste of the town’s famous bubbly white wine, Blanquette de Limoux, a perfect end-of-day elixir when paired with the local pudding, made with rich chocolate, of course.
Along the strategic axe linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean sea, this area was already inhabited during the Romain period.
The city is famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Consequently, Carcassonne greatly profits from tourism but also counts manufacture and wine-making as some of its other key economic sectors.
From there, you discover the tranquil yet wild landscape of the Hautes Corbières where breathtaking vistas of impossibly beautiful villages are nestled among vineyards and the majestic castles, Château de Quéribus and Château de Peyrepertuse, perched on hills in the Cathar countryside.
Collioure – a charming Catalan port
The initial stages of this 7-day trip are the most strenuous—there are many valleys—but hold tight because smooth sailing to the coast is in order! Making your way to the shore, you reach the stunning Coté Vermeille where the Catalan port of Collioure is sheltered in a creek where the Mediterranean waters meet the Pyrénées.
Discover France tip: we have e-bikes available during all our tours, no need to get exhausted!
In the early 20th century Collioure became a center of artistic activity, with several Fauve artists making it their meeting place. André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Dickson Innes and Tsuguharu Fujita have all been inspired by Collioure’s royal castle, medieval streets, its lighthouse converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges and its typical Mediterranean bay. Collioure’s cemetery contains the tomb of Spanish poet Antonio Machado, who fled here to escape advancing Francoist troops at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.
With an exceptional climate and guaranteed sunshine, Collioure is the source of Catalan know-how and way of life. And from its glorious beaches of both stone and sand, you take a swim in the crystal waters and wish you never had to leave this paradise!