If you fancy driving around Southern France and visit the caves near Grotte de Niaoux, all you will need to do is fly to Toulouse for a weekend trip. There are various direct flights from European airports to Toulouse every day, so a weekend trip should be an easy endeavour for anyone. Watch this short trailer to get a taster of what I did while I visited Toulouse and the south of France.

Getting to Toulouse with Easyjet

I flew with Easyjet from Gatwick at a cost of £65 return. Once you arrive at the airport, just get on the tram towards the city center. As you arrive at Arenes station, get off the tram and change to the metro line towards the center of Toulouse.

Walking around Toulouse is quite a nice experience, but instead of going into more detail here, why not read my article about the city?

I rented a car from the railway station so instead of picking up at night, I stayed at one of the local hotels and grabbed my car keys in the morning.

The Weekend Trip

If you want to see a short video of my trip with a bit more detail than in the clip above, click the below youtube video.

I picked up the car on Saturday morning and drove off towards Grotte de Niaoux in the South of France. The main focus of my journey was to discover the caves and to see the waterfalls in the Pyrenees Mountains. I rented the car from Europcar  for a couple of days and the rental cost me a total of €85. The below pictures are from small towns along the road to Aulus les Bains.

Grotte de Niaoux

Grotte De Niaoux is only about an hour and a half away from Toulouse.  It is famous for the cave paintings, which are some of the oldest cave paintings in Europe. The people that painted them were the hunters and gatherers of their time about 28,000 years ago. I’ve made this below video about arriving at the cave and I also recorded a Catalan woman singing inside, have a look/listen.

The Cascade d’Ars Waterfalls

June is the best time to visit the Cascade d’Ars waterfalls because all the snow melts at the top of the mountains, making the waterfalls swell.

I’ve written a separate article about the Cascade d’Ars waterfall, so please read that here.

Foix Castle and Medieval Town

The medieval town and Foix Castle are about an hour and a half north from Aulus les Bains. There is a river here in the valley and anybody that wanted to go south towards Spain, had to cross here and pay the toll to the owner of the castle, who was at one time the king of France.

Read more here about the castle and the king

There is more…!

Read my article about the following subjects if you are interested in a road trip around southern France. I did it myself in a couple of days so it’s perfectly doable. If you like to watch videos, check out my youtube channel as well.

Marseille Weekend Trip by TGV in France
One Day in Medieval Foix Castle & OId Town
Europcar Weekend Road Trip: Toulouse & Southern France
Cascade d’Ars Waterfall – Hiking from Aulus les Bains
Maison d’Anjali in Toulouse – Hotel Video Review
Weekend Itinerary for Toulouse in Southern France

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