France road trip: Perpignan, Cathar castles and the Spanish border

This spectacular two-week journey boasts Pyrenean peaks, hot springs, freshwater swimming and plenty of Spanish influence. Plus great food, of course

A pretty pass: why France’s Col du Soulor is great for bikes and birding

Regularly part of the Tour de France route, this 1,474-metre Pyrenean pass is also bird of prey central in summer and autumn

Travel 2016 – Tip 21 – France – Queribus

As with yesterday’s tip, this is an easy recommendation. Queribus is one of the most famous ‘Cathar Castles’ in the foothills of the Pyrenees and along with Puilaurens, Peyrepertuse, Termes, and Aguilar formed the five sons of Carcassonne defensive line. Queribus is visible on its rock pillar many miles away. It’s bigger than it firstContinue reading “Travel 2016 – Tip 21 – France – Queribus”

Travel 2016 – Tip 20 – France – Niaux

This travel tip is not so difficult to understand. The 13,000-year old cave paintings in the Grotte de Niaux, about two miles from Tariscon-sur-Ariege are unmissable. Tarascon is worth a look around for 1.5 hours with its clock tower, which provides views over the local valleys, the church of St Michel, and the old town.Continue reading “Travel 2016 – Tip 20 – France – Niaux”