12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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12 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Hendaye
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Lourdes
— 3 nights
3
Toulouse
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Nottingham

2
nights
Hendaye

Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Chateau Observatoire Abbadia and Eglise Saint-Martin will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Socoa Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, stroll through Plage des Alcyons, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent-Diacre, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hendaye trip app .

Nottingham, UK to Hendaye is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nottingham to Hendaye is 1 hour. Traveling from Nottingham in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hendaye, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Hendaye

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ciboure, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Plage des Alcyons, Eglise Saint-Martin
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

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Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like SARL DU SANCTUAIRE and Basilique Saint-Pie X. Escape the urban bustle at Pic Du Midi and Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lourdes online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hendaye to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hendaye in July, plan for little chillier nights in Lourdes, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees, Pic Du Midi
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SARL DU SANCTUAIRE ©
SARL DU SANCTUAIRE
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©

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Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): engage your brain at Cite de l'espace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Place du Capitole, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Toulouse takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lourdes in July: highs in Toulouse hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Place du Capitole ©
Place du Capitole
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace

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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Reserve Africaine de Sigean and Zipline will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip planner .

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateaux de Lastours, Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Reserve Africaine de Sigean ©
Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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