Place de la Comédie, Montpellier

Place de la Comédie, Montpellier

Photo by Fritz Geller-Grimm (wikimedia commons)

Bordeaux to Toulouse to Montpellier Roadtrip

Photo by Vpe (wikimedia commons)Saint Pierre Cathedral, Montpellier Photo by Vpe (wikimedia commons)

On this route you’ll pass though some places which you’ve probably heard of, big clue…smell, and parts of it are going to cause great hilarity, but as you’re old enough to drive you should be more adult about places with funny names; you’ll see. 

Day 1.
You’ve visited the Musée d'Aquitaine and the Porte des Salinières, and now its time to leave Bordeaux and the west coast for Montpellier.  Take the D10 which roughly follows the same route as the Autoroute until Langon.  On your left will be the vineyards of Bordeaux and on your right, the forest of Landes; admire the countryside from your vantage point inside your motorhome rental or France campervan hire.  Along the way there are some great viewpoints, and then you will arrive at the first stop.  This is where you will have to take a picture of the town sign, Condom, you can’t miss it there’s always a huge queue of grinning tourists.  Now, if you are from a part of the world where the word condom isn’t used for a form of contraception then you won’t find this in the least bit funny, but for those that do, there are lots of jokes which could have been written in!  There isn’t really a lot to se in Condom, but the cathedral and the Museum of Contraception are worth popping into, it’s also where the beautiful liqueur Armagnac is produced, free sample anyone?

Onwards to the climax of the day!  Well not quite next you pass through a very smelly place…….Cologne.  Unfortunately Eau De Cologne originated from Germany and not here, but it all adds interest, a bit like eye spy on a long journey.  This part of the route has some serious twists and turns, but take your time and you’ll arrive in Toulouse in high spirits.

Day 2.
Today is a day for exploring the sights and delights of Toulouse, the Pink City.  Take a boat tour on the River Garonne or the Canal Du Midi; visit the Romanesque Basilica of St. Sernin; the biggest in the western world, or other buildings such as the Albi or the Capitole, the magnificent Town Hall and theatre.  If you’ve been to Toulouse before, or want to stay out of the city nearby Carcassone is only 70 km’s away.  The UNESCO walled city is very beautiful with its castle and old bridge.

Day 3
It’s another twisting and turning road, the N126/D162, but its all about the journey and the scenery today, if you want to get to Montpelier quickly then take the A61.  You’re halfway point is in the middle of the Parc Naturel Du Haut-Languedoc, and around Courniou there are some excellent walking trails and caves such as the Grotte de la Deveze.  This really is a beautiful route and if you enjoy walking you may prefer to stay in one of the small villages en route so that you can explore the area a little more. 

Finally, you arrive in Montpellier where you can explore the city by bike or tram, but leave your motorhome rental or campervan hire outside the city and travel in because the centre is pedestrianised and the traffic jams are terrible.

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