Narbonne Méditerranée Roman holidays


Narbonne, OT Narbonne / Laurie Biral

Un morceau de la Via Domitia

Un morceau de la Via Domitia, OT Narbonne / Lisa Debande


Narbonne-Plage, OT Narbonne / Laurie Biral

Les vignes de l'abbaye de Fontfroide

Les vignes de l'abbaye de Fontfroide, Yann Monel

Why visit Narbonne Méditerranée? 

  • Exceptional ancient and medieval heritage.
  • A Top Occitania Site approved as a Ville d'art et d'histoire.
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Canal du Midi, Canal de la Robine and Le Somail hamlet.
  • A town in the heart of the Narbonne Regional Nature Park.
  • Near the Fontfroide Abbey and the sea.
Cartographie Narbonne Méditerranée


Revisit Rome's glory days 

Narbo Martius, founded in 118BC, was the first and among the wealthiest Roman colonies outside Italy. Present-day Narbonne hasheld onto a real gem: part of the well-kept Via Domitiat hat you can see in the town centre. Then visit the Horreum, the world's only ancient granary that's still intact. Sarcophagi, exceptional mosaics and ancient statues await at the Archaeology Museum in the former Archbishop's Palace a few metres from the Via Domitia.

Musée Narbo Via - Narbonne (Aude)

Musée Narbo Via

Great ideas for Narbonne Méditerranée

Head to Narbonne Méditerranée, #GrandSiteOccitanie, to explore the city and its surroundings. Gilles Belzons, former professional rugby player, and currently a restaurant owner in Narbonne, shares his top tips.

Don't miss

Narbonne's archaeology collection have a new home: the Narbo Via Museum. Designed by Foster + Partners, this 8000m2 museum will be innovative, interactive and a feast for the senses.

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With children

Amphoralis, the Gallo-Roman pottery museum 20 mins from Narbonne, provides children with a fun-filled, educational and accessible mobile app so everyone can enjoy their trip. 

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Middle ages and Renaissance

Must-sees in Narbonne

If you want a sight for sore eyes then go up 170 steps to the Gilles Aycelin Keep. From the terrace you can see the Tour Saint-Martial, Gothic Narbonne Cathedral, its Saint-Pasteur cloister and the Archbishop's Palace. Go back down and wander through the picturesque Passage de l’Ancre, admire the Cour de la Madeline and visit two great museums: the archaeology museum in the Palais Vieux and the art and history museum in the sumptuous Palais Neuf which was once home to Narbonne's bishops.

Le Palais des Archevêques de Narbonne

Le Palais des Archevêques de Narbonne, OT Narbonne / Lisa Debande

Narbonne canals

Do you prefer sailing or cycling?

Take a bike or rent a small boat in Narbonne to explore the UNESCO Canal de la Robine. It takes the Aude's old bed through Narbonne past the Bages and Sigean lakes then into the Ile Sainte-Lucie Nature Reserve. It spills into the Mediterranean at Port-la-Nouvelle. Lined with umbrella pines, the Canal de Jonction runs through Sallèles-d’Aude and links with the Canal du Midi that passes north of Narbonne. Hire a bike or permit-free boat in Narbonne. 

Le Canal de Jonction

Le Canal de Jonction, Christine Chabanette

Bon plan

The beaches are within 30 mins of Narbonne: Saint-Pierre-la-mer, Narbonne-Plage, Gruissan etc. To get there, go through the listed Clape Nature Site in the heart of Narbonne Regional Nature Park where the outing possibilities are endless.

The Somail Port

Timeless charm

Lying 25 mins from Narbonne on the Canal du Midi, the hamlet of Le Somail hasn't been touched since it was founded by Pierre-Paul Riquet in the 17th century. Le Somail was a place for travellers to take a break. They'd spend the third night here on their way from Toulouse. The former warehouse docks make for lovely terraces on the towpath just steps away from the old hump bridge, chapel, inn and very popular old bookshop. Maison Bonal is home to an exhibition centre about the Southern French canals.

Le Port du Somail (Canal du Midi)

Le Port du Somail (Canal du Midi), Alain Cougnenc

L'abbaye de Fontfroide

L'abbaye de Fontfroide, Christine Chabanette

Fontfroide Abbey

Unmissable in the Narbonne area

1000 years ago, monks chose to build their abbey in this Corbières valley 20 mins from Narbonne. It was incredibly wealthy until the French Revolution before being abandoned but Fontfroide Abbey was restored to its former glory in the early 20th century when it was bought by Gustave Fayet. His descendants have made it a beacon surrounded by vineyards that you can now visit. From spring to autumn, Fontfroide has a packed schedule. Orchid festival, medieval event, Music and History Festival run by Jordi Savall, exhibitions and more. 

Did you know?

Narbonne is based in a garrigue and vineyard setting in the heart of the wine kingdom called "La Narbonnaise, surprenante Méditerranée" (Vignobles & Découvertes-approved destination).

How to get there

  • By car: The A9 links Narbonne to Paris (800km) and Montpellier (100km) and the A61 takes you from Toulouse (150km).
  • By train: TGV from Paris and Toulouse or the regional TER Avignon-Cerbères line
  • By plane: from Montpellier (1 hr), Toulouse (1.5 hrs), Béziers (20 mins), Perpignan (45 mins) and Carcassonne Airports (30 mins).

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