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My wife, son and I are spending a month in the far south of France near Perpignan, close to the Spanish border. Barcelona is 2 hours away and we'll be spending several days there and lots of time in northern Spain as well. We'll be there from late May to late June.
I'm looking for recommendations for what to do/see in that area: food, art, specific beaches, towns, sights... anything really.
Also, how do I go about getting cell phone service in that area for a month?
watch out for the ETA :)
Biarritz is well worth a trip
watch out for the thieves in Barcelona, they're everywhere
^ I was nearly pick pocketed on the subway, group of people sort of box you in when you're getting on the subway...
I was in Barcelona 10 years ago and have seen the major attractions, but will likely go to them again so my son can check em out. I'll watch my wallet, thanks.
Biarritz - We may go to the west coast, not sure. What's the draw?
Girona - Planning on going. What's to do there?
Biarritz - very close to border, the beaches / surfing are the biggest draws I guess. Depending on when you go, its either scenic and serene, or a zoo.
yup biarritz is ace, good in the summer, would rent a car and do the whole coast around there though, rather than just biarritz. check out anglet and hossegor for surfing, saint jean de luz is lovely, also check out bayonne (ham is a specialty)
Bilbao, Spain is a must see..
I hear there's a place down in France, where the naked ladies dance.
But I don't know where it is.
I was about to write Cadaques, but ernexbcn beat me to it. It is a fantastic place, probably the most picturesque of this part of the coast's villages. This is off-season, so only a plus. Dali, who lived there, not only had a demigod status, but also was bringing a lot of tourism. The story goes, he didn't allow to build large hotels there.
It is worth at least a full day stay. The rock formations there are quite unique, maybe you'll recognize them from Dali's paintings.
There is a restaurant on a cliffy cap nearby in Cap de Creus, I never got there in the end but only ever heard raves about both the location and the food.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=… Cap de Creus
I'm not looking to spend much time, or any, in the Basque region. I have a great deal on an apartment outside Perpignan for a month, and will be using that as my home base, occasionally spending a few days in a different region, I'll have a car the whole time. So it is that part of France and the Catalonia region of Spain with Barcelona as my southern boundary.
Cadaques and Girona are great, and I'm looking for smaller, less-known gems as well.
Bump for the euro crowd.
on the french side the cathar castles (puilaurens, queribus, montsegur, peyrepertuis) are great fun (dunno how old your son is but who doesn't love a ruined castle atop a craggy hill?)