Collioure and Ceret
(all day trip with lunch)
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Leave Caunes Minervois on the D115 in the direction of Peyriac. Turn LEFT at the T-junction south of town onto the D11 toward Peyriac, Rieux and La Redorte. Continue through La Redorte, across the Canal du Midi, and turn LEFT on the D610 toward Homps.
Just past Homps, turn RIGHT on the 611 toward Lézignan and Narbonne and cross the River Aude. At the next roundabout, take the seconf right toward Narbonne (the D11 again). This will take you to Villedaigne, where the D11 will "T" into the D6113 (called the "N113" on some maps). Turn LEFT, following the D6113 toward Narbonne.
As you enter the outskirts of Narbonne, watch for a RIGHT turn onto the Narbonne bypass (the D6009) signposted toward the A9 motorway. Follow the bypass toward the A9. Take a ticket at the tollbooth and follow the A9 south in the direction of Perpignan and Barcelona.
Leave the A9 at Exit 42 "Perpignan Sud." At the roundabout after the toll, follow the D900 east toward the Perpignan ringroad. Look for signs toward Elne and Argeles-sur-Mer. The ringroad will intersect the D914; follow the D914 south toward Elne and Argeles. Exit 13 from the D914 will take you along the corniche (the D114) to Collioure. Follow signs toward "centre ville" and park in the public parking lot near the castle, or somewhere (legal!) along the street.
From Collioure, go back to the D914 and go north to exit 11b. Follow the D618 toward Le Boulou. You will pass under the A9, where the D618 becomes the D115. Follow signs to Ceret. When you reach Ceret, follow signs to "centre ville" then to one of the municipal parking lots, or find a (legal!) place on the street. Ceret is small, so it is easy to walk around. The museum and street market are in the middle of town at the top of the hill.
Leaving Ceret, retrace your route to the D115, being aware of one-way streets. Follow signs to Le Boulou, A9 or Perpignan. Before entering Le Boulou, turn north on the A9 toward Narbonne, and return to Caunes by your earlier route.