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Road Trip CATALUNYA

We have added to our Spain trip with a 6 night road trip from Girona which looks a little like this: Cadaques, Cucugnan, Axat, Mijanes, Abbaye Saint Martin-du-Canigou, Puigcerda, Besalu, Girona. We are travelling the first week in November and renting a car in Girona. We have a list for various sites on the way and would also like to take a couple of walks/day hikes. We realize the weather may be good, bad or indifferent but coming from Seattle, this won’t be much of an impediment.

I am trying to divide up the 6 nights (nights 7 & 8 are in Girona before leaving for Cordoba by train) into 2 and 1 night stands.

Looking for any suggestions for 2 nights in the areas with good hikes. By the reading I have done so far it seems like the Axat/Mijanes area might be a good choice. Ideally we like to slow travel but we can only the 6 nights (sigh).

Posted by
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Road trip Catalonia but most of it is in France lol! JK But really I don't think you have to go so far into France as to Axat/Mijanès for what you seek (although you can if you want).

Closer afield in the Catalan side you have:
Queralbs (1000 year old stone village)
Vall de Núria (excellent hiking area but may encounter snow)
Camprodon (larger town in the area, makes for a good base)
Castellfollit de la Roca (scenic village perched on a cliff)
Rupit (my favorite stone village in the Pyrenees)
Vic (big famers market + Roman ruins and eclectic Cathedral)

Stop by Vic's famers' market grab yourself some bread, fruit, and Fuet de Vic and have a delicious picnic while hiking :)

Posted by
4712 posts

Axat / Mijanès and Cucugnan put you in Cathar country: this is the area's main draw, and if it interests you, go for it. But do not go that far just for the hiking.
By the way, Catalunya / Catalonia does extend into France, linguistically and culturally if not politically. Not all the way to Cucugnan, but the Canigó / Canigou is definitely in Catalonia.