As the road unravels across the French Coastline, it's hard to say whether this beats the Croatian Equivalent (Highway 8 - click here) or the route into Geirangerfjord.... But either way, it's certainly one of those drives you should try if you're visiting the Languedoc-Roussillon.... and here's why!
It's true that you may find it slow going along this coastal road. Not because it's particularly difficult to drive; it's just that every few minutes or so you find yourself reaching for the camera, as yet another craggy outcrop of land reveals itself... so to make it a little easier we thought this Nextbase 51G 'dash cam' footage might give an idea of what we found
But it's not everyday that you get to see 50km+ of uninterrupted coastline in one fell swoop. So before you set off from Port-Vendres, it's worth pausing on the roadside for a minute or two to scan the horizon: you'll have a panoramic view across the vineyard clad hills towards the deep blue Mediterranean Sea...
Heading towards Cerbėre, you'll soon find yourself zigzagging your way down the coastline's coves and headlands. Small villages appear every now and again as you head as you head south. Just remember, the roads get narrower as you descend, until you emerge at the next incline where they seem to get wider until you crest the hill for yet another spectacular view
As the road falls away into pretty seaside village of Banyuls-sur-Mer, all you'd need is a parachute and you'd be up, up and away over the coastline (a little like Dune du Pilat on the Atlantic Coast of France)
For those looking to pull over and find something local to taste, this is certainly the place. Full of eateries on the sea front, or places to picnic on the beach.. parking is tight but not impossible and you might even get the chance like Libby to enjoy some time in the sea!!
It's not long after Banyuls-sur-Mer, that you rise up to the older border point (seen on our first ever roadtrip on this coastline in October 2015 - see here) where the D914 crosses the border to become the N-260.
If you're looking to explore this coastline in a motorhome, depending on your budget, you could opt for one of the wild camping spots that are plentiful towards the Spanish side of the D914 route. Or base yourself at one of the Camping Car Park aires at Thuir or Argelès sur Mer or head for the 5* campsite at Le Brasilia.
TheLanguedoc-Roussillon (now part of Occitanie) is well stocked with plenty of places to see... From castles of craggy peaks like Castelnou to the wonderful medieval village of Prats de Mollo with it's nature reserve and hot springs. If you're unlucky and catch this area on a rare rainy day, then the Maillol Museum might be worth a visit or if you fancy something unusual, why not head to Tautravel and it's prehistoric museum where traditional old grapes have been grown for 450,000 years.... But for us, there's only one true highlight and it's nestled into the foothill of the Pyrènèes at the Fort of Libéria. It's famed for its unique 'the staircase of a thousand steps'... You can catch a short glimpse at the end of the below video of the type of roadtrip you can find in this region
(You can catch a short glimpse of the fort at Villefranche-de-Conflent at the end of the above video. Showing the journey as you head towards Andorra from the D914 - full article here)
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