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Travel diary: the Pyrenees in a motorhome

France is a territory where splendid landscapes, varied cultures and unique routes are found for motorhome travelers! The Pyrenees are no exception to the rule, on the contrary... You want to visit the Pyrénées-Orientales in a motorhome, to discover its mountains, Canigou and its Catalan city? Then rent your vehicle at the Avis Car Away agency in Toulouse, in Occitania. Follow our travel diary and leave Haute-Garonne in a motorhome to take the southern highway. A magnificent 3-day motorhome tour in the Pyrenees awaits you, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains.

Day 1: Perpignan la Catalane and the Mediterranean coast

On board your motor home, leave the A9 motorway to enter the city of the Kings of Mallorca. We advise you to park at the Mas Balande parking lot, if you only want to visit the city center. Not to be missed :

  • The magnificent Castillet, an Aragonese work, built in red bricks.
  • The Palace of the Kings of Mallorca, in whose courtyard of honor Cali, the singer from the Pyrenees-Orientales, filmed a video.

5 km from the Catalan city, discover the archaeological site of Ruscino. The tourist office offers guided tours of this ancient Roman city.

Then take the road to go along the seaside. Visiting the Pyrenees-Orientales in a motor home means discovering the majestic mountains that extend into the Albères and plunge into the Mediterranean. Pass by Argelès-sur-Mer and enjoy the beach.

Our favorite: the beach of Racou and its authentic area, with its pines and its scents. Don't hesitate to venture to the rocks to discover small wild creeks that are still secret!
 
Continue your tour in the Pyrenees by motorhome, passing by Collioure. Discover its picturesque port and visit its royal castle. Don't forget to stroll through the colorful streets of the Mouré district, nicknamed the City of Painters. Matisse did some frescoes there!

Our camper tip: stay with a locals in the Pyrenees-Orientales with HomeCamper.

   

Day 2: the Pyrenees-Orientales in a motor home, to the summits

In the early morning, take the road to climb the summits of the Pyrenees in a motor home, passing by Céret. Did you know that the tradition is to send the first cherries of Céret to the President of the Republic every year?

Visit this atypical village, very popular with artists like Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Chagall, Miro and many others. Its museum of modern art is known the world over.

Are you a thrill seeker? Practice canyoning on the Gourg des Anelles: this abseiling on more than 25 meters will allow you to discover the region in a somewhat sportive way.

Park in motorhome areas in the Pyrenees, using the  Park4night application.

The next day, drive to Font-Romeu, the ski resort frequented by top athletes. Bring warm clothes, as rain and cool nights are common. In addition, a new regulation, the Mountain Law 2021, regulates the mountain equipment to have in a motorhome during the winter period.

Sleep in a motorhome in the Pyrenees, at the Huttopia campsite in Font-Romeu.

   

Day 3: discover the Bouillouses lake in a motorhome

At the foot of the Carlit massif, at an altitude of 2,000 meters, enjoy the magnificent high mountain landscapes and the Bouillouses lake, a classified natural site.

On the spot, you can choose between climbing, hiking or kayaking. Also take the time to admire the local fauna and flora, while taking a good breath of fresh air. To get there :

Visiting the Pyrenees in a motorhome means enjoying the landscapes and colors of the South, and shivering in the mountains at nightfall. Experience this tour aboard your motorhome or van rented from Avis Car-Away.

Not to be missed: the story of Illiès and Camille, their road-trip in the Pyrenees in a motorhome

Aboard their motorhome rented from Avis Car-Away, this French couple traveled the Pyrenees with passion! Between herds of goats lost in the mountains and the splendid beaches of Hossegor, these adventurers have discovered a magnificent region. Thanks to numerous motorhome areas in the Pyrenees, they were able to easily cross several towns and villages in the region. On Instagram, they have compiled splendid images and videos of their adventures and have made many Internet users dream. Discover their story A LA UNE "Douce France"

Do you also want to go to the Pyrenees in a motorhome to live your own adventures? From the discovery of local culinary specialties to hiking on the mountainside, the Pyrenees will open their doors to you with generosity. Dare the motorhome adventure with Avis Car-Away.

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