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Road Trip Girona to Chateau Peyrepertuse

After our 6 night stay in Barcelona, we will take the train to Girona for a rental car pickup and head to Cadaques for 2 nights in order to visit the Dali House, the museum in Figueres and Sant Pere de Rodes. We then plan to drive to Cucagnan for 2 nights in to visit the two chateaus, Peyrepertuse and Queribus. Then drive to Colliere for lunch and ongoing to Besalu for 2 nights, finishing in Girona to drop off car and stay 2 nights. The next morning we take a train to Barcelona and move on to Cordoba with a fast train.
Two night stands are not our usual way to travel but being travel starved and not knowing what the world will bring, we are trying to fit the French sights into our planned Spain trip. If it makes sense, we could eliminate our Besalu time to add to France.

BTW, we will be travelling this route November ( train leaves from Barcelona Nov. 13.) we aren’t too worried about weather coming from Seattle!

I am looking for any advice: Feasibility of the plan, specific hotels and restaurants, and any other input helpful to facilitate my planning.

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Besalu is a pretty little village whether it warrants 2 nites ?

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I visited Besalu just for a few hours. Beautiful and ancient small stone town over a unique bridge. Might be interesting to be there for market day on Tuesday (confirm that before planning based on that), the market was supposedly first held in the year 1027, a while ago.
In Girona, I loved the Hotel Museu Legendes in the old town, and the restaurant Mimolet right across the little lane from the hotel. Girona has a wonderful old medieval section, with Cathedral, Jewish museum, and much more. Also ancient Roman Wall at the edge of the old town, just past the Cathedral, where there are small green parklets nearby, with benches, perfect for a picnic, snack or wine break.

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Hi Cindy

It's always difficult to advise on planning a trip as everybody has his own preferences... yet I feel you'll be missing many places here within Catalonia which are far closer (which means less driving!) and that you'd surely enjoy.

Just throwing some ideas reasonably close to your intended route: Castellfollit de la Roca, Ripoll, Cap de Creus, Cadaqués, Empúries, Pals, Vall de Núria... -note they are in no particular order. If medieval castles is what you like, then the trail of the castles of el Sió (ruta dels castells del Sió) in the Segarra county, 70 miles west of Barcelona, might be of your interest:

Just google for these and see if they appeal to you.