Narbonne Sports & Outdoors

  • Typical house on our way to the Horreum.
    Typical house on our way to the Horreum.
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  • Won't you just want to walk here?
    Won't you just want to walk here?
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  • It's amazing what you can see just walking.
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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of the boat and holded on for life, as we braved the rapids. The instructor at the back looked out for obstacles and guided us in the right direction. His job is to plot the course with the oar and to give the necessary instructions to the rest of the group to advance the boat down river down. So every now and then we had a rock splats, a nose dunk and did a pirouette to avoid some rocks.

    At first it might seem like a dangerous sport, but it’s not really. Falling into the water won’t do you much harm. We were well equipped with a helmet, life jacket, full wet suit and neoprone boots. We experienced this because at some point of the course the instructure cap sized the boat on purpose and we all fell into the cold river and had to swim our way to the side of the river to reorganise the team. But anyway, it was an amazing ride!

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    Rock splats technique.
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    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake.

    The beginners trip (2 trips available):
    The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.
    The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon.

    The sportive trip (1 itinerary only):
    A wonderful trip (level 5) along the river Aude of about 14 kilometres. This is one we took.

    We took this thrilling ride down the river Aude right in the beautiful and fascinating mountain range of the Pyrenees. It is definately an heavily adrenalin fuelled sport. The river Aude in Spain is considered a mecca for European rafters and we learned why.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior technical skill

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 30, 2011

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    Getting instruction before getting started.
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    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it with two friends Sjoerd and Patrick) it was just time to get acquiped and enter the raft, which can accomodate a crew of 8 people maximum.

    For us rafting is a rather challenging recreational outdoor activity. In our case it was done on some different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite us as much as possible! We knew that it is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous. But of course we wanted to seek a thrill and entered the raft. Before we were getting started we learned some of the rules to secure each other safety. The guide told us for example that one of the most simple ways to avoid injury while out of a raft, was to swim to an Eddy (a calm spot behind a rock in the water which the current disperses around) to avoid being taken downstream.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    Hiking – More than 2000 years of history.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 25, 2011
    An alley watching at the Narbonne Cathedral.
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    Narbonne is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. The ancient city of Colonia Narbo Martius was founded in 118 BC and its golden age began in the years later. The compact town of Narbonne is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Narbonne is France, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was the capital of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the 14th century Narbonne Cathedral, numerous churches, a Horreum, the Cimentiére de Bourg (cemetery), a beautiful park like the Jardin de Martyrs de La Resistance and the defensive walls behind the palace reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!

    We can honestly state that the best way to explore Narbonne is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 25 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Narbonne is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.

    Equipment: More information at:
    Office de Tourisme Narbonne Et Sa Regi

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    • Photography
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    Hiking – Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 25, 2011
    It's amazing what you can see just walking.
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    Most people try to rush Narbonne on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Narbonne properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Narbonne we saw on a city map that the small town of Narbonne is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around Canal du Midi and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city several times, every time we hiked our way through one of the areas.

    Our hikes were in the old town where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several hours. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Cours de la République where we parked the car, made our way to Pont des Merchants and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Horreum at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Narbonne is the place to get hopelessly lost for half a day. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the Palace Gardens (old garden facing the old town walls), Les Halles (old marketplace in a beautiful building), mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Narbonne?

    Equipment: More information at:
    Office de Tourisme Narbonne Et Sa Regi

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    • Historical Travel
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    Hiking – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 25, 2011
    Typical house on our way to the Horreum.
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    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Narbonne old town´s principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our strawl we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of Narbonne whenever you won´t visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the main square are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.

    There are truly more than enough vibrant cultural scenes to see, like the off the beaten path Horreum way back in the Rue Rouget de Lisle and for example the Palace Garden at the back of the Palais des Archeveques. Via the pavement along the Canal du Midi, with its beautiful Les Halles, we ended up at the central square, which is probably the most important square of Narbonne. It lead to a great viewing point at the exposed ancient Via Domitia, where we could also get great views at the Narbonne Cathedral. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Narbonne might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!

    Equipment: More information at:
    Office de Tourisme Narbonne Et Sa Regi

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    • Historical Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking

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    Rugby (League)

    by PookieRabbit Written Jul 6, 2006

    The reason for our visit was to follow our Rugby League team Hull FC. We were playing the Catalans Dragons team that are generally based in Perpignan. However due to ground availability and the chance of taking a game "on the road" they chose to play in Narbonne this weekend. The game was played at Parc des sports et de l'amité which normally hosts the local Rugby Union team I believe.

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