Any suggestions for best place to go for 5 days after I leave Montpellier before going to Athens? What is the best town in France to fly to Athens from?
You could always try catching a flight down to Turkey (Bodrum) and then catch a ferry up to Athens (Via Kos). I did this a few years agao and was a great trip. You could spend a night or 2 on Kos and enjoy some island life which is MUCH nicer than Athens! almost 10 years ago
I am biased in my reply to you as we have a cottage in this village - but all that aside - if I had five days outside Montpellier this is where I would go! it is a small unspoilt fishing village on the Mediterranean close to the Spanish border called Collioure and its absolutely sensational with loads to do. It is only about one hour by train from Montpellier. You change trains at Perpignan to the smaller regional lines to Collioure. If you check out our site at www.collioure.com.au and send me an email I will send you our activities sheet so you can see all there is to do. Its a fascinating and visually spectacular village as its catalan - a bit french, a bit spanish and also is famous for its art by Matisse and Derain. Hope this info helps your plans. By the way Ryanair has a hub for cheap flights out of Girona which is an hour south of Collioure (via frogbus.com) so this would be a great route to take, to get you to Athens.
All the very best with your holiday plans.
Collioure. almost 10 years ago