8 days in Occitanie Itinerary

8 days in Occitanie Itinerary

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Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Argeles-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lourdes
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Step out of the city life by going to Plage de la Grande Conque and Grotte de Niaux. Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne) and Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

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Cardiff, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cardiff to Carcassonne. Traveling from Cardiff in May, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Argeles-sur-Mer.
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Argeles-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Castillet, take in the dramatic natural features at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally explore the historical opulence of Château de Salses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then hike along Le Sentier du Littoral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Argeles-sur-Mer visit planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Argeles-sur-Mer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie — 1 night

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Marcilhac, then trek along Chemin de Halage, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cenevieres, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie.

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You can drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Argeles-sur-Mer in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes — 2 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Pie X, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle.

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You can drive from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Lourdes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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