|Carcassonne - Sournia||168km|
|58km off-road||April / October|
Quick GLR 13 overview
The GLR 13 Motorcycle Adventure Route leads you for over 168 kilometers through the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales regions of Southern-France. 58 of those kilometers will traverse over off-road sections. If the going gets tough, The Back-up Tracks will support you with 4 different sections. With a total of 4 connecting GLRs to this GLR 13, you’re able to continue to Adventurise the region. Let’s get going!
GLR 13 Route info
As I said, you start your motorcycle adventure in Carcassonne. From there you’ll ride a little over 50 kilometers on an on-road section. Don’t be sad, because, after this on-road one, the off-road starts. Without much interruptions, you’ll ride off-road for almost 60 kilometers.
After that, you hit the paved road to explore the Regional Park of the Catalan Pyrenees. This is the last opportunity to dip your toes into the Mediterranean sea before you’ll head deeper into the mountains. Your GLR 13 adventure ends in Sournia. From there you’ve got two options to continue your motorcycle adventure!
GLR 13 Region
It’s time for the lower Pyrenees! With this GLR 13 you’re going to rise in altitude! Explore the regions of Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales. Read more down below!
Nowadays Aude is known for its winemaking and tourism around its rich history. But Aude has so much more to offer! Aude has a variety of landscapes in its natural regions. In the east, you find the lagoons and coastal lakes. More inland you find scrub dominated drylands. To the north and west, the Black Mountain region is densely wooded with oak and beech. In between those regions the rolling hills are shaped to accommodate grain farming.
Besides the diversity in natural regions, Aude is also known as one of the windiest departments of France, with 300 to 350 days of wind per year! Although the climate is under the influence of the Mediterranean, autumn is characterized by its short and violent storms. The best time of year would be spring and early summer. The summer can be hot and dry, so it is not advisable to ride during the warmest months.
The geographical landscape consists of three major river valleys which spring from the Pyrenees Mountains. As the Pyrenees gain altitude to the western border of the department, most of the landscape is dominated by the Mediterranean Sea. A Mediterranean climate becomes dominant the more you travel to the east. The rolling hills fade into the plains near the ocean.
These plains are the hottest and driest of the department and enjoy an average annual temperature of 16°C. As a matter of fact, the region is known for its abundance of sun even in winter. Although it sounds like an adventure riders paradise, be aware! The mountains are unpredictable and can spoil a nice sunny day quite fast.
Adventurising isn’t only about getting as fast from A to B! A Region has so much more to offer! That’s why I give you some suggestions about things to do while Adventurising the GLR 13.
Gorge De Galamus
As the summers can be hot and sunny, this is the perfect place to cool down a little during the heat of the day. These canyons border between the Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales departments. Besides the refreshing pools and waterfalls, lots of canyoning companies offer their service!
Pic de Bugarach
The Pic de Bugarach or Pech de Bugarach is the highest summit at 1230 meters in the Corbières mountains. The steep cliffs of the mountain are a beautiful sight, especially at sunset! By some it’s even seen as the perfect place to survive a doomsday event!
Château de Peyrepertuse
Want to visit one of the Cathar castles on your motorcycle adventure? I would recommend Château de Peyrepertuse! It’s close to the GLR 13 and worth a visit.
Les Orgues d’Ille-sur-Têt
The organs of d’Ille-sur-Têt are some natural phenomena to visit in the Pyrénées-Orientales department! These towering pillars have been formed throughout the years. To visit this place, you need to pay for parking. During the evening hours, you’re able to see the pillars dance during sunset!
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Continue your GLR 13 Adventure by connecting different GLRs. To make your life even simpler, I’ve put together all the options down below!
Connections in Carcasonne
In Carcassonne, you’ve got two options to continue your journey. Heading up north to the Mediterranean part of Southern France? Take the GLR 12 up! The GLR 12 serves as a connection route between the Pyrenean- and Mediterranean sections of the GLR Network. For 208 kilometers, of which 55 off-road, you’ll open up even more opportunities to explore this part of France!
Haven’t had enough of the Pyrenees? Head back down south with the GLR 14 to explore the French side of the Pyrenean border. After 152 kilometers you’ll end up in Biert where all the Pyrenean routes are at your feed! Be prepared to ride a bit more on-road than usual. The GLR 14 sports a mere 13 km off-road.
Connections in Sournia
Do you end your GLR 13 trip in Sournia? Then you have two options to continue your adventure! First, you have the option to continue on the French side of the border, on the GLR 15. Choose this GLR if you want to stay on the French side of the Pyrenees. The GLR 15 stretches over 232 kilometers of which 41km off-road.
Interested in the Spanish side of the Pyrenees? Try the GLR 16 into Spain. This route leads you through the beautiful Catalan region of Spain. The GLR 16 counts a combined 342 kilometers. 113 km of those are off-road, so a worthy route of the GLR Network! You end your GLR 16 adventure just south of Andorra.
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