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Spend your Indian summer in La Narbonnaise Surprenante Méditerranée, Aude, South of France

PUBLISHED: 11:43 20 September 2017

Le Comptoir Nature in Le Somail, Aude © GNT Emmanuel Perrin

Le Comptoir Nature in Le Somail, Aude © GNT Emmanuel Perrin

©2015EMMANUEL PERRIN

Oustanding vineyards, protected countryside, pretty villages, historic towns... there are so many reasons to visit La Narbonnaise in Aude!

Narbonne, Corbières, Minervois, Languedoc... ‘La Narbonnaise’ is now acknowledged as an outstanding destination for wine travel. Since 2012, it has been a member of the very elite circle of destinations in France with the ‘ Vignobles & Découvertes’ label. Here you’ll find a snapshot of unique wine-lands and landscapes in the Mediterranean. We are committed to promoting local produce, and our winemakers have created a quality experience for you that you’ll remember forever. Here, Mediterranean life is different.

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7 things we’ve got going for us!

1. Vineyards with a sea view

2. Five one-thousand-year-old Mediterranean wine areas

3. One-off encounters with passionate winemakers

4. Wines rated by the international press

5. Protected countryside listed as regional natural parkland

6. Accommodation and places to eat in the heart of the vineyards

7. Narbonne, wine capital since the Romans

Plage du Rouet in Aude © GNT Emmanuel Perrin Plage du Rouet in Aude © GNT Emmanuel Perrin

GETTING HERE

From Britain or Ireland, the Aude Cathar country is easy to reach from Carcassonne airport, which Ryanair use as their hub for the region. It also makes a handy entry point for other cities and places to visit. Toulouse International Airport is only an hour from Carcassonne by car or train. Aude is on the high-speed TGV train line and you can reach Narbonne from Paris in just over four hours.

Narbonnaise vineyards © GNT Luc Beziat-Heliage Narbonnaise vineyards © GNT Luc Beziat-Heliage

A wild and beautiful coast with fishermen and winemakers

La Narbonnaise boasts a 50 km long coast of sandy beaches and seaside villages with authentic atmosphere, including Gruissan, Leucate and Port-la Nouvelle. Here, you can easily have a chat with a winemaker or a fisherman, and maybe even a saltman because two ‘salins’ are now visitable – amazing places with magical colours!

Enjoy the beautiful late summer with a walk on our beaches, some still wild, with little mountains and garrigue in the background. If weather permits, you can sometimes swim up until October! Otherwise, enjoy the sun by going out hiking or explore the vineyards in a 2CV, discover the sea or the oyster beds by boat...

The historic town of Narbonne © GNT Claude Cruells The historic town of Narbonne © GNT Claude Cruells

Narbonne

A visit to the beautiful city of Narbonne is essential. Discover the rich history of this town with a guide from the Tourist Office. You will learn that Narbonne was founded by the Romans and that it was even a true capital in the time of the Roman Empire. Today, museums reveal this surprising past. Stroll through the little streets and do some shopping in the boutiques of designers and artisans and pick up some local products. Finally, do not miss the visit to the Gothic cathedral and the immense archbishop’s palace.

Lovers of good food will enjoy a dinner at Les Grands Buffets, the largest restaurant of its kind in France but in upscale version (think oysters, foie gras, cheeses...) with a beautiful décor.

Gruissan in Aude © GNT Claude Cruells Gruissan in Aude © GNT Claude Cruells

Canal du Midi

A few kilometres north of Narbonne, discover the unique landscape of the Canal du Midi. Jump on a mountain bike and take advantage of the organized circuits around the port of Le Somail to explore the pretty villages. You can also stay in Le Somail to enjoy the restaurants along the canal, a magnificent old bookshop and to visit La Maison Bonnal where you will certainly enjoy listening to the hologram of the 18th-century Ms Craddock.

The Art of Travel in La Narbonnaise: an artistic documentary and web experience

Why not take the back roads and discover the true Narbonne Region, and encounter the most unique characters and sites along the way? Choose your itinerary and use the interactive and artistic travel log to discover this hidden and fascinating region!

For more info visit: voyages-en-narbonnaise.com/en or www.audetourisme.com

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