MTG1 17 Roundtrip Foix Tarascon AxLesThermes Ascou Axat Quillan Puivert Lavanet
Published: 26/10/2019
RP14 Nice scenery near Puivert
This route from the Motorbike guide France part 1 is a tour that starts in Foix and is also a true turn-around party.

Bert Loorbach, the writer, is an enthusiastic motorcyclist himself and lived in France for a year and a half. During that time he devoted himself to mapping the unknown and beautiful roads of France especially for motorcyclists.
Hotels, campsites, places of interest, parking spaces and restaurants are listed as POIs.

The ride starts in Foix, if you have less time and want to hurry up in the beginning then you can drive via the (four-lane) N20 to Ax-Les-Thermes, this route is very busy in the summer and we take the time and prefer to drive nice roads so we drive south via the D618 to Bompas, there we turn left to take the D20 to Unac. Then a part with a lot of turns to Ax-Les-Thermes. Note these roads are very narrow.

Via the very winding D25, D118 and D117 we continue to Quillian, this road runs along the river Aude and partly through a mountain gorge, so a beautiful road to drive and enjoy the beautiful nature along the way.

From Quillian we head west again via Puivert to Montésegur, where we stop to visit the Château de Montségur (RP15). The Castle of Montségur is known as the castle of the Cathars, on top of the mountain. In 1204, when Pope Innocent III started his fight against the Cathars (which led to a crusade in 1209), the ruins of an ancient fortress on this mountain top were rebuilt by the Cathars. This stronghold was proclaimed in 1232 by the Cathar bishop of Toulouse as the nerve center of Catharism. In 1243 the Castle of Montségur was the most important fortress of the Cathars. During the third Albigenic Crusade, the crusader army besieged the castle, initially unsuccessfully. Catapults could not be used due to the high altitude at which the fortress stood and the view from the top is beautiful.

We drive on to the town of Lavelanet (RP16) where we pause for lunch. There are several small restaurants and bakeries in the town. After lunch we drive back to Foix via a relaxed route.

This route is worth 4 stars because of the beautiful winding roads, beautiful panoramas and nice little towns.
RP16 Château de Montgésur
RP13 Route du Porte Quillian
Useful links:
Camping Municipal de Cos
Camping du Lac
Château de Montgésur (RP16)
Inter-Hôtel du Lac
Hotel restaurant Lons

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