La Seu dUrgell to Carcassonne via Andorra
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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The Senyera (Eastern Catalan: [səˈɲeɾə]; meaning "pennon", "standard", "banner", "ensign", or, more generically, "flag" in Catalan) is a vexillological symbol based on the coat of arms of the Crown of Aragon, which consists of four red stripes on a yellow field. This coat of arms, often called bars of Aragon, or simply "the four bars", historically represented the King of the Crown of Aragon. The senyera pattern is currently in the flag of four Spanish autonomous communities (Catalonia, Aragon, the Balearic Isles, the Valencian Community), and is the flag of the historically Catalan-speaking city of Alghero (Catalan: L'Alguer) in Sardinia. It is also used on the coat of arms of Spain, the coat of arms of Pyrénées-Orientales and of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the flag of Roussillon, Capcir, Vallespir and Provence in France, one quarter of the coat of arms of Andorra, and on the local flags of many municipalities belonging to these territories. The Senyera (sometimes together with the flag of Andorra) is also used more informally to represent the Catalan language. It is also a synonym (in Catalan Senyal Reial or Senyera and old Spanish Señal Real or Señera) for Royal Flag, although the word normally refers to the Catalan and Aragonese flags. Also in Aragonese, it is usually referred to as O Sinyal d'Aragón, i.e. "The Sign of Aragón".
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