WEEKEND TRIP TO FRANCE FROM BARCELONA (part 2)
If you missed the first part of the trip – check it out here.
Today we will continue to share our experience after crossing the Spanish-French border.
So, early on the second day we left Figueres and continued to the north.
Perpignan: Perpignan was the first city that we visited in France. Our idea was just to quickly have a walk and continue the route. The weather that morning was quite cold so we didn`t walk around a lot, but if you are luckier with the weather there are several things to be seen – the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Basilique-Cathédrale de Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Perpignan), the Palace of the Kings of Majorca, and if you are a museum person or if you are interested in aviation you can visit the Aviation Museum (Musée de l’aviation). If you don’t have the time you can just take a walk in the center part of the city and along the river Bassa.
Narbonne: Narbonne is located north of Perpignan and it is on the way to Carcassone so a stop there is definitely worth it. The main attraction there is the Narbonne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur de Narbonne). Another sight worth seeing is the Canal de la Robine and more specifically the Merchants Bridge across it – which is one of the few covered bridges in France. Once you leave Narbonne en route to Carcassonne, you will drive through a few small villages that have wine cellars. We stopped at one of them out of curiosity, and if you´re a wine lover this is definitely worth your time as each cellar has its own unique character and isn’t as commercialized as most cellars in the northern parts of France.
Carcassonne: For us the highlight of the trip was definitely Carcassonne. The main attraction there is the medieval citadel “La Cité”. Statistics show that it is the second most visited attraction in France after the Eiffel tower, which comes as no surprise. The citadel is breathtaking and you should definitely leave as much time as possible to take a tour as it is quite huge and a couple of hours are definitely not enough. It is famous for its 3 kilometer long double surrounding walls and more than 50 towers. Once entering in the citadel you get this feeling of being back in time, mixed with a fairy tale feeling. Inside there are many restaurants and shops and there are actually people still living there. If you want to learn more about the history you should definitely enter the Château Comtal – there is an entrance fee for it – but it definitely worth it. The newer part of the city also deserves some attention – the city center has small streets and squares, several shops, coffee shops and restaurants. We would definitely advise you to leave at least one full day for Carcassonne – you won’t regret it!
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