Can someone suggest a scenic driving route west from Perpignan far enough into the French Pyrenees to enjoy the mountains, then south across a reasonably safe mountain pass to Spain and then through the Spanish Pyrenees to Barcelona?
We're relatively experienced mountain drivers but I'd rather avoid ice and snow on a lonely road at high elevation. This would be around October 10-12, I believe.
Which routes would be very scenic and what would be some spectacular stops? If I go just as far west as Foix or St. Girons will I have missed the best parts?
I am juggling three guidebooks and two maps, one a Michelin Spain/Portugal, which also includes southern France. But I'm having trouble understanding the road codes on the Michelin map. It looks like anything bordered in green is recommended as a scenic route. But as for the yellow roads, some start with A, some with C or D and others with N, and I can't see what that means. Are they all two-lane mountain roads or are some of those more major? Maybe if there's a web page you can refer me to on this, that would be really helpful. I'm really familiar with US maps and know how to use them to pick out a scenic route, as well as how to spot which towns are most likely to have motels and which not, so I just need a few pointers...