La Seu dUrgell to Carcassonne via Andorra
Carcassonne
This is day 1 of a fantastic and thrilling 5 day tour from the Pyrenees to the Alps that will take you on an unforgettable journey across France by driving on some of the best roads that France has. A link for day 2 of this tour can be found below.

Leaving from the motorcycle friendly hotel, it is only 10 minutes before you reach the border between Spain and Andorra. You will need your passport or EU ID card as there is a physical border here.
Andorra La Vella is the capital and can be busy because because of the tax free shops. An early start from the hotel avoids the traffic. After the capital, there are several small towns to pass through as you climb up and up to the highest paved road in the Pyrenees, Port d'Envalira at 2408 m. On a very windy day, it may be wiser to choose the 3.5 km tunnel.
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Andorra behind, the route uses the main road to the famous spa town of Ax-les-Thermes. I have suggested a coffee stop and leg stretch here as the roads from here become smaller and twistier and are single track in places.

As you join the D118 you will be following the river Aude along the Gorges de l'Aude as it makes it's way to the Mediterranean near Narbonne. This road becomes more impressive the further you drive along it and just after the hydro electric power station the road becomes spectacular as you enter the squeeze point at Gorges de Saint Georges. The cliff walls are vertical and the gap between them is very narrow with overhanging rock.
I have suggested a lunch stop at Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet 'Le Pouss' Cafe'. You can eat outside and keep an eye on your bike.

5 minutes after lunch and you will arrive at the Gorges de Galamus, this is an absolute spectacular road that snakes it's way through an almost impossible gorge as it follows the River l'Agly. There is a church within a cave in the gorge called L'ermitage Saint-Antoine de Galamus which can be visited by walking down to it.
The route carries on twisting and turning through the foothills of the Pyrenees as it makes it's way to the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, said to be the inspiration for the Disney castle logo. It trully is a magical place and the route will take you to free motorcycle parking just by the entrance. From here, it is a short journey to the ibis Budget Hotel.
Gorges de Saint Georges
Gorges de Galamus
Useful links:
Avenida Hotel, La Seu d'Urgell.
ibis Budget Hotel, Carcassonne Airport
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