Southern France( Port barcares,Coullioure,Perpignan,Carcassonne,Pays Cathares)
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On the day of St Mary Magdalene we arrive in Southern France. Why do I mention that maybe inrelevant detail. In southern France Mary Magdalene is truly a saint and a big support for many people. We pass the French town Beziers. And I start thinking of the history here. This is the first town were cathars were massacred during the Albigensian Crusade(1209-1255). My mind stops at this point but the car doesnt stop and drives further. And then we arrive in Port Barcares.
Port Barcares is a french tourist town at the beach. The beaches here are big and pretty quiet and the water is great. So a great place if you like to hang out on the beach all day. It has everything to offer what you can expect from a beach. You can rent all kind of stuff for pleasure in the water(surfboards,catamarans etc.
What goes for Port Barcares goes for Leucate. The only thing is that the ambiance is not so good as port barcares.
Drive along the coast and head south to Coullioure. A place where many famous painters went to get inspiration. It is honestly breathtaking beautifull. It has ambiance and beauty and also a lot of culture.
After trying to take the bus to Perpignan (wich never shows up) we take the car to Perpignan. Arriving there you clearly see oke this is for shoppers. We had some trouble finding the centre but that was a good thing because on the way to the centre we found the castle of the king of Mallorca. Its a huge building and nice to have a look. It has a lot of rooms and gardens and yes a chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene.So when you have a lot of time visit Perpignan but when you havent got a lot of time just skip it.
I like history and have a special interest in the Cathars so Carcassonne is a medieval city I cant skip in this journey.
I did not had to be sad about Carcassonne because there is a way were history comes alive here in Southern France. Drive out to the Pyrenees and enter Pays Cathares(Cathar Country). So heading to the ruins of the strongholds of the Cathars during the albigensian crusade.
Its the small version of Carcassonne only it lies in the mountains so the view is more beautifull. When I must choose Villefranche or Carcassonne?I choose Villefranche because you can see a lot of beautifull pyrenee mountains and castles etc.
Other things to see
Little yellow train takes you through the Pyrenees you can enter at Villefranche
You can rent a car and drive to Andorra. It is a nice and beautifull drive and in Andorra you have a big big big mall.
You can rent a car and drive to Spain. Swim between the rocks or have some nice tapas.