Narbonne is a very pleasant town in the Languedoc-Roussillon department of France. The old medieval centre is an absolute joy to visit whilst the new part of the city is lively and vibrant. Surrounding the city are lush vineyards, and open countryside, filled with beautiful cottages, gites and Narbonne hideaways.
The city of Narbonne has its roots in the Roman era, and was a Roman provincial capital. As a result, there are some magnificent monuments within the city, clearly showing the cities ancient wealth. Many of the more impressive monuments in the city date back to the middle ages, with the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral de St Just & St Pasteur and Roman Horreum being among the most well loved places to visit from a villa or apartment in Narbonne, France. The best place to explore the history of the area is through a visit to Musee Archeologique in the Archbishop’s Palace.
The shades square and ancient streets of Narbonne are filled with timeless cafes and top class restaurants as well as some wonderful shopping centres. There are markets every morning in Narbonne, selling the best of local food, including meat, fish, cheese, pastries and the sweet wines grown on the sunblessed slopes that surround the town.
Narbonne is located just a few kilometres from the sea, and there are some wonderful places to stay in Narbonne between the city centre and the sea. The closest beach to any of the places to stay in Narbonne is the famous beach of Gruissan, with its unique coloured beach huts on their stilts.
The remote village of Minerve is a fantastic place to stay in Narbonne. Hideaways here are truly peaceful, located between two steep valleys. Minerve is a great base for walking holidays in Narbonne, and the huge caverns and caves in the surrounding gorges are of particular interest for anyone in a Narbonne hideaway anywhere in the area.
Narbonne has a wonderful Mediterranean climate, with long, hot summers with average monthly temperatures reaching a staggering 30˚C in July and August. During the heat of the day during these months, temperatures of 40˚C or more are not uncommon. Travelling in spring or autumn is the best solution for anyone wishing to explore in more comfortable conditions.
A place to stay in Narbonne is very easily reached. The airports of Perpignan (PGF), Carcassonne (CCF) and Beziers (BZR) are all within 50km of a Narbonne property, and the town is also located on the train line. Taking a hire car is not a necessity as there are some excellent transfer options, but if you would like to really get the most out of your holiday, a hire car is advised.