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Barcelona to Southern France

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Barcelona to Southern France


We are driving from Barcelona to Zurich via Southern France in late May. Would like to stop at a small town enroute (Collioure, Narbonne or Sete perhaps) and do a day trip or two from there.

Any recommendations as to which might be best position to see the sights of Southern France.

There are quite a few comments on the forum about Collioure being prettier than Sete? And Narbonne - thoughts on that as a stop?

Many thanks


Albufeira, Portugal
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1. Re: Barcelona to Southern France

Narbonne and Sete are more than ten times the size of Collioure, which is small seaside town of around 3,500 inhabitants. Sete is a fairly busy port and industrial small city of around 43,000, Narbonne is a few miles inland and 51,000 live there.

They all have their pros and cons. Plenty of reading to do!

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2. Re: Barcelona to Southern France

Being in Narbonne, you can do a day trip to Collioure - we do that occasionally. Day trips to Carcassonne and the Cathar Castles are fine to do from Narbonne as are Abbayé de Fontfroide and listed villages like Minerve and Lagrasse. Easy access to the seaside at Gruissan and Narbonne Plage.

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3. Re: Barcelona to Southern France

I would go with Collioure


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