Narbonne Travel Guide

  • Paulien and her mulled wine.
    Paulien and her mulled wine.
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  • Just
    Just "into" the book!
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  • Relaxing at the swimming pool.
    Relaxing at the swimming pool.
    by Jerelis

Narbonne Things to Do

  • Impressive allee

    In the bank of the canal de la Robine there is a allee and a square what impresses. Bordered with some magnifficient buildings having shops on the street level.

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  • Canal walk

    The canal de la Robine flows through the middle of Narbonne and is connected to the canal de Midi. Nice place for a walk.

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  • Reading a book!

    Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax,...

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Narbonne Hotels

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  • La Residence

    6 rue du 1er-Mai, Narbonne, 11100, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • B&B Narbonne 1

    24, chemin Saint-Hippolyte, Narbonne, 11100, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel du Midi

    4, Ave de Toulouse, Narbonne, 11001, France

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

Narbonne Restaurants

  • For fans of Pirates of the Caribbean

    We walked down Cours de la Republique looking at menus and enjoying the lively market on the Promenade opposite. After much research, we decided on Restaurant les Barques. The menu looked good; the prices looked good . . . and there was a nifty pirate outside the doorway.They had outside seating but it was chilly for us so we went inside and were...

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  • No restaurant can top this!

    Making your own food at the campsite is simply a great way to spend time with friends and family, to entertain and to simply enjoy your background. Having a so called “meal at home” is becoming increasingly popular and the eating out is decreasing, probably a budget thing. But anyway, it brings your cooking outside – so you don’t have to miss out...

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  • Drinks at a historical spot.

    Why did we visit Le Soleil Noir? We think that this is a very good and valid question, because Narbonne does have a choice in bars, restaurants and pubs -> So why have a drink at this one? The answer is rather simple ... Some time ago, work in the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the main square, uncovered part of the Roman road, the Domitian Way (Via...

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Narbonne Nightlife

  • Swimming with the latest hits.

    During the months of July and August the children's club Cool Kids is open 6 days a week and organises all sorts of activities during the day for children of all ages. In the evenings the restaurant hosts a variety of live bands, organises theme nights, karaoke nights, cabarets, et cetera. Other evening activities include a foam party and the...

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  • A scary ghost tour ...

    During the months of July and August the children's club Cool Kids is open 6 days a week and organises all sorts of activities during the day for children of all ages. In the evenings the restaurant hosts a variety of live bands, organises theme nights, karaoke nights, cabarets, et cetera. Other evening activities include a foam party and the...

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  • Move to the music and dance.

    During the months of July and August the children's club Cool Kids is open 6 days a week and organises all sorts of activities during the day for children of all ages. In the evenings the restaurant hosts a variety of live bands, organises theme nights, karaoke nights, cabarets, et cetera. Other evening activities include a foam party and the...

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Narbonne Transportation

  • TER

    I flew to Carcassonne from Dublin and decided that I will not stay there but settle in Narbonne as this town was in the middle of the other two towns I planned to visit during this trip to France.There is really good train connection from Narbonne to nearby towns and even futher.There are different train companies trains TGV, TER...

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  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favorite toys and new...

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  • Park along the canal, and take a ticket

    The further you get into town the worse the traffic gets. This town is old, and was not made for cars and traffic. When you approach the old city you will see the canal, and along the banks you will start to see parking lots. Park! They are self ticketed parking lots. Park, get a ticket from the automated machine, then go sightseeing. When you come...

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Narbonne Shopping

  • Les Halles – Real life in the South of...

    There were over 70 traders and artisans with permanent stalls at Les Halles – including at least one stall which has been occupied by generations of the same family since the market was opened in 1901! Dedicated to providing the city with the best quality produce, the stall holders convene every day from 6 am to 1 pm to take part in this important...

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  • Les Halles – Hive of activity!

    Now, over a hundred years later, Les Halles is an institution. We can honestly say that no visit to Narbonne could be complete without experiencing its charm. Throughout the year there are various food related festivals and tastings held here with important locally sourced produce. It’s a fact that whenever you are looking to buy fresh food in a...

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  • Les Halles - Important Modernist...

    Trade has been one of the most important sectors in Narbonne since the city was founded. In recent years, retailers have been an engine of growth for the city, especially the local offer. Along the streets facing the Archbishops’ Palace (The main square of Narbonne) most of the traditional businesses are clustered. And if you really like souvenir...

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Narbonne Local Customs

  • Le Marché - Tradition under threat?

    Obviously it is fruit, vegetables and local produce in general that are the mainspring of this Narbonne market, but it also tends to be an outlet for local producers. Just like in other rural areas, we were still able to find some stalls of small farmers that sell just their own produce like potatoes, vegetables, fruit, flowers, and some...

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  • Le Marché - Twice a week.

    Most small towns and villages in France have a large market once a week. But Narbonne is a rather larger town and therefore the marché (market) takes place twice a week. So if you want to visit it, you can do so at Teusday and Friday. This typical French market is a mix between the farmers' market and a traders' market. Diverse stalls offer local...

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  • Le Marché - Part of the French way of...

    For us, one of the pleasures of visiting France is to enjoy wandering through a traditional French market. The market (le marché), is an integral part of life in virtually all French towns and large villages, so much so that even today the market can be seen as a well-surviving part of France's historic heritage. In our home country, the...

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Narbonne Warnings and Dangers

  • Complet - full - camping!

    Staying at a camping in France is probably the most economical way to enjoy the beautiful country. Whether you're planning a long vacation or just a weekend getaway, a camping is always a refreshing break from your daily routine. The best time to go camping in France is during April, May, September and October. You will notice that all campgrounds...

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  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Narbonne Tourist Traps

  • Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - Via Domitia...

    Before we decided where we wanted to go during the summer of 2011, of course we did some research on Google about Narbonne. One of the things that intregued me immediately was the fact that there was a section of Via Domitia exposed right at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the city centre of this old city. This route that the Romans regularised and...

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  • Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - The busy...

    Whithout a doubt is the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville the busy centre of the town and a true tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)At the west part of the square you will see two magnificent buildings. First of...

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  • Place de l'Hôtel de Ville - The main...

    Narbonne is the oldest town in the south west of France. Founded by the Romans in the second century BC, it became the capital of whole of Southern Gaul. At the time it was a major port, although it now lies some 20 km from the sea. The remains of the ancient road to Rome (Via Domitia) can still be seen in the central square, in front of the...

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Narbonne What to Pack

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    by Jerelis Written Aug 30, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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Narbonne Off The Beaten Path

  • Massif de la Clape - Oeil Doux.

    Talking about a hidden gem. We did not hear of this amazing spot before we visited it. The Oeil Doux is a natural waterhole surrounded by cliffs with an abrupt eastern face overhanging the surface 40 metres below. The cliff is made of hard fissured limestone whose crevices are full of red clay; it was formed during the middle geological era. The...

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  • Massif de la Clape - Some amazing...

    The subregional zone of Massif de la Clape forma an oase of vineyards which lie at the westernmost end of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation. Most of the vineyards are located around a rocky promontory east of Narbonne, the Massif de la Clape, which was an island until the River Aude silted up in the Middle Ages. The entire terroir is a mixture...

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  • Massif de la Clape - It used to be an...

    Just opening Wikipedia will tell that (and I quote) "the Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de...

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Narbonne Sports & Outdoors

  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an...

    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...

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  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of...

    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...

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  • Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior...

    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...

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Narbonne Favorites

  • Merchant Bridge

    Here you have to use your imagination and think back to Roman times when Via Domitia was built in 1st. century AD and this bridge with six arches. Currently only one arch is visible and both bridge edges are built fully with the buildings. It offers a great view, specially when some boat coming underneath along the Canal Robin.

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  • Abbaye de Fontfroide

    1093 : Le 12 des calendes de juin, le Vicomte de Narbonne, Aymeric II, autorise une communauté de moines à se constituer sur ses terres de Fontfroide. 1145 : Fontfroide s'affilie à l'ordre de Citeaux lors de la venue de Saint Bernard de Clairvaux en Languedoc, l'abbaye connaît alors une expansion considérable et rapide. 1149 : Le comte de Barcelone...

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  • Bages

    Le petit village de Bages qui domine l'étang sur sa colline est une pure merveille qui mérite que les touristes qui viennent séjourner dans la région doivent voir. Peu connu, sauf par les personnes informées, ce village a conservé son charme et la saveur entière des petites communes du Roussillon, entre étang, garrigues et vignes. The small...

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Canal de la Robine - Beautiful surroundings.
Things to Do
Canal de la Robine - Pont des Marchands.
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Canal de la Robine - Why it is made.
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A Family Tradition
Restaurants
Enjoyable atmosphere at a foam party!
Nightlife
Jardin des Martyrs de La Resistance - City Park.
Off The Beaten Path
Cimetière de Bourg - A hidden gem.
Off The Beaten Path
Hiking – More than 2000 years of history.
Sports & Outdoors
Hiking – Game plan strategy.
Sports & Outdoors
Hiking – Take time to meander.
Sports & Outdoors
Via Domitia - Pont des Marchands.
Things to Do
Via Domitia - First Roman road built in Gaul.
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Via Domitia - Constructed in 118 BC.
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Wine - Wine, wine and even more wine!
Local Customs
Wine - Winetasting at Domaine Les Garrigues
Local Customs
Wine - Languedoc Roussillon wine.
Local Customs
Palais des Archeveques - The palace garden.
Things to Do
Palais des Archeveques - Old and new Palace.
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Palais des Archeveques - Archbishop's Palace
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Horreum - Well preserved north wing.
Off The Beaten Path
Horreum - You can explore three wings.
Off The Beaten Path
Horreum - True ancient Roman history.
Off The Beaten Path
Narbonne Cathedral - Quite a history.
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Narbonne Cathedral - Lighting a candle.
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Narbonne Cathedral - Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur.
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Always take a walk
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Go to heaven
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La Robine Canal
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The West and North of the New Palace
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The Inner Court Yard of the Neuf Palais
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The Palais Vieux
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Interior Views of Chapel Furnishings
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A Few Pieces of Sculpture Are in the Cloister
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Visit the Cloister
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Study the Architecture
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Outside of the Apse
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Crêperie d'Oc
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Bar - Neige-Soleil?
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Bar - Rive Gauche
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Rugby (League)
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