The city of Montpellier is consistently voted one of the top places to live in France – by no less than the French themselves.
Situated in the north of the Corbieres, between Narbonne and Carcassone, the medieval village of Lagrasse offers a feast for the eyes and is full of historical and cultural interest. It is classed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. The Abbey of St Marie d’Orbieu dates from the 8th century and stands across the river Orbieu on the opposite bank from the village.
Occupying an enviable location on the Mediterranean coast, between the tidal lagoons or étangs, surrounded by pink salt fields, the ancient circular fishing village of Gruissan lies in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne and the Mediterranean
la Jonquera Exile Memorial Museum (MUME), an immaculately kept and poignant reminder of the Retirada, a place for ‘memory, history and critical reflexion’.
From January 1st 2020, vehicles that do not qualify for an environmental sticker from the DGT (Dirección General de Trafico) have restricted access to the “ZBE” low-emissions zone of Barcelona.
Want to give your sun tan a final blast before handing over your hire car and catching your plane in Barcelona…..and avoid sitting for too long in a stuffy airport full of winter germs? Why not wait on the beach? Check out a couple of seaside towns near Barcelona El Prat Airport worth a visit.
St Joan de les Abadesses is probably not a town one would choose for a holiday break. Quite unprepossessing, and other than the monastery at its centre, there isn’t much to detain the traveller here. But the monastery was what we’d come to see, so we parked up and walked over the gorgeous 15th century Pont Vall, the old bridge over the Ter into the town. It was a promising start — the sun was shining and the river was lined with allotments and willow trees.
When was the last time you jumped on a train and took a break?
Get out your walking boots and prepare to discover the hidden delights of Figueres. Come on a market day (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and bring a stout basket. Forget Dalì for today, but plan to come again midweek in midwinter and spend a day taking in all five museums.