16 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

16 days in The Pyrenees Itinerary

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Biarritz, France
— 2 nights
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Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
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Andorra la Vella, Andorra
— 2 nights
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Sort, Spain
— 1 night
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Perpignan, France
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 3 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
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Biarritz, France

— 2 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: Plage d'Hendaye (in Hendaye) and La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz, meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, and take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Biarritz trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Biarritz is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Biarritz hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lourdes, France

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Sources., and then stroll through Pic Du Midi.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lourdes tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Biarritz to Lourdes in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Biarritz in September, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Lourdes. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Andorra la Vella.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Andorra la Vella, Andorra

— 2 nights
Tucked high in the Pyrenees and home to fewer than 65,000 residents, Andorra La Vella seems at first an unlikely tourist hotspot.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pic de l'Estanyo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagos de Tristania, and finally trek along Estanys de Tristaina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, test the waters at Centre Termolúdic Caldea, trek along Sola Irrigation Canal Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa de la Vall.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Andorra la Vella visit planner.

Getting from Lourdes to Andorra la Vella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sort.

Things to do in Andorra la Vella

Parks · Nature · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sort, Spain

— 1 night
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Centre d'Interpretacio de l'Antic Comerc, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cervesa Artesana Ctretze Pirineus, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sort journey planning app.

Getting from Andorra la Vella to Sort by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Perpignan.

Things to do in Sort

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

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Perpignan, France

— 2 nights
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fort Saint-Elme, walk around Promenade du Front de Mer, witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally get great views at Castillet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Africaine de Sigean, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Perpignan road trip tool.

Getting from Sort to Perpignan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Perpignan

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne visit planning tool.

You can drive from Perpignan to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Perpignan in September since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Toulouse, France

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Grotte de Niaux in Niaux (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Le Capitole, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, pick up some local products at Marche Victor Hugo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

Side Trips