Distance: 165 km.     Difficulty: Intermediate    Type: Paved Roads    Starting Point: Foix

Description: This rolling tour passes through Cathar country and into the Corbières, with medieval villages and abbeys, forests, garrigues and vineyards. The route includes several low passes, expansive views and dramatic changes in vegetation and geology. There are plenty of interesting stops en route. Near Limoux you will find the 8th c. Abbaye St. Hilaire, where sparkling wine was discovered. The medieval town of Lagrasse, with its abbey, galleries and craft shops also makes a good stopping place. Until reaching the D613 the roads are small, many with almost no traffic. The last bit into Narbonne is on very busy roads.

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Directions:Take the scenic D1 east to Laroque-d’Olmes, then hilly (but equally picturesque) D620 to Limoux. Leave Limoux on the D104, which climbs and descends north east to St. Hilaire. Here, to the tiny D110 east to the D3, where you continue to the stunning medieval village of Lagrasse.

Get on the D212 from Lagrasse, which heads north-east to Fabrezan. Continue in the same direction on the D611 to the D111 sout-east to Ferrals-les-Corbieres. Now take the D161 to Boutenac, then the D61 to the larger D613. Fly along the D613 to the Abbaye de Fontfroide (it is just off the D613), then continue on the D613 to busy, but fast D6113 into Narbonne.

This ride can be linked up with the following to make a multi-day route:

The Cathar Trail
Narbonne – Canals and beaches
Narbonne – Canal and Abbey Loop

If you’d like an independent adventure with a little more organization, check out our self-guided tours.

This route was generously added by Susan Minnich