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Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

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Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

I plan to do this short trip in a leisurely 2 days, and the return also in 2 days.

Does anyone have recommendations of any 2 towns to stop for 1 night each on the way.

Something with nice countryside - also any hotel recommendations would be appreciated ( 2 50-something adults with discerning - but realistic- tastes , travelling without children or pets).

Also any restaurant recommendations in this area.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

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2. Re: Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

You could follow the coastline from Barcelona to the French border and stop in Collioure as suggested, or Begur (parador).

When in Perpignan, take the D117 to Quillan and visit some Cathar Castle (Puilaurens, Queribus and Peyrepertuse) on the way.

Or if you like mountains, drive from Barcelona to Ripoll, Bourg-Madame (French border) Mont-louis, the Aude valley to Quillan via Usson-les Bains.

Overnight in Saillagouse (Hotel Planes has a good restaurant) or Mont-Louis (Le Clos Cerdan) or Llo (Atalaya) or Les Angles.

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3. Re: Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

Another vote for Collioure. See my reviews for hotels there and in Saillagouse (and a video)

We have just returned from Les Angles, but not sure there is anything there that would interest you much.

If you drive up the E9 from BCN cross the border at Bourg-Madam then up to Quillian. Try to make time for Mount Louis, Villefranche-de-Conflent and Colliour. Should be a leisurely 2 days. The circular drive can be done easily in one day with rest stops only.

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4. Re: Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

If you drive up the E9 from BCN cross the border at Bourg-Madam then up to Quillian. Try to make time for Mount Louis, Villefranche-de-Conflent and Colliour. Should be a leisurely 2 days. The circular drive can be done easily in one day with rest stops only.

The circular route Barcelona-Quillan via the mountains and the coast is a 500km drive. What's the point in doing it in one day with rest stops only?

Barcelona-Quillan via Ripoll (stop to visit San Joan de las Abadesses - stop to visit Mont-Louis - ) is approx 250 km. If the OP wants to drive down to Villefranche and up again, it's an extra 60 km on a very winding road, i.e. 1hr30 mn + visit of Villefranche).

The road down to Axat and Quillan is also winding.

It seems enough for one day.

Quillan-Barcelona via Maury, Saint Paul de Fenouillèdes - stop in Puilaurens, Queribus, Peyrepertuse) Perpignan and Collioure (stop) is over 250 km. From Port-Bou (Spanish border) the OP can to go Figueras and take the highway to Barcelona or follow the coast, which takes much longer.

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5. Re: Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

I think Pvoyageuse has a good idea to take the coast road from Barcelona to Argeles sur mer, crossing the border at Portbou. Be aware, though, if you are going in the summer months this road gets VERY busy. We intended to do all this route from Mataro to Roses in late September, but ended up re-joining the autopista near Calella as the traffic wasn't moving & heading up to Figueres & on to Roses that way.

We took the road from Roses, making a small detour to Cadaques, a beautiful little fishing port (Dali lived nearby at Port Lligat). From Cadaques we drove to Llanca, a charming little town & then on to France. There are so many beautiful vistas along this road, it took us a long time to drive as we kept stopping to take photos. It's not a road you can drive quickly, either, as it is very steep & twisty, turny.

AT Argeles sur Mer you take the road to Perpignan & there onto Quillan.

A return option for you could be to come back through Andorra, or skirting it via Puigcerda. The scenery there & on to Barcelona is spectacular & it's another great drive. You could always have a night in Girona, a wonderful city, if you want to take another route.

www.viamichelin.com will help you in your planning.

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6. Re: Driving from Barcelona, Spain to Quillan, France.

Pvoyageuse

You missed my point. I wasn't saying that the OP should do this in one day, just that it is possible (I have done it several times on business) and so spread over 2 days it would be a leisurly drive.

Mont Louis to Villefranche is only 18 miles. I have driven from Les Angles to Girona Airport in well under 3 hours many times.

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