Travel to Carcassonne and Aveyron

Day 5 Rivière-sur-Tarn - Montpellier-le-Vieux - Barcelona (450 Km.)

Carcassonne and Aveyron


 

(in 31 Km.) Montpellier-le-Vieux: Water and wind have carved into the gray stone of the Causse Noir a fantastic city that serves as case to a delicate flora whose scents vary depending on season and time. The "Parc du Chaos de Montpellier le Vieux" it is a park with the same style as the Enchanted City of Cuenca, where erosion has been formed curious shapes the stone.


Montpellier-le-Vieux

The park is accessed by car. Although there are several roads leading to it, the easiest access is from Millau. Admission is 5.30 Euros per adult. Once inside the park you can catch a little train that takes you inside the park. You can buy roundtrip tickets (3.40 euros) or if you prefer, one-way (2.50 Euros).


Montpellier-le-Vieux - Little train

In 1883 that Mr. de Barbeyrac discover the place and talk to Mr. de Malafosse, then president of the Geographical Society of Toulouse. The name of MONTPELLIER LE VIEUX arises from the pastors who led the transhumance flocks in the plains of Lower Languedoc. Only knew a great city: Montpellier, named in local language "Lou Clapas", which means lots of stones. Seeing the piles of rocks off course they called it LOU CLAPAS VIEL, translated Montpellier le Vieux ...


Montpellier-le-Vieux

There are 4 or 5 marked trails. The easiest of them (marked in blue) you can ride about 45 minutes to 1 hour (the same as does the little train). The disadvantage of this route is that the round trip is made by the same path, thus repeating the path.

Montpellier-le-Vieux - Porte de Mycènes
Montpellier-le-Vieux - "Porte de Mycènes"

My recommendation is to follow the path marked in red. Its duration is approximately 1 hour and half in a circular path. Half of the trail coincides with the red, but the return is done on the other side. There are several steps along the route. Since both paths you can see the park´s most famous stone, the "Porte de Mycènes".


Montpellier-le-Vieux

(in 419 Km.) Barcelona: Return and end of the travel.


 

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