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Imagine the French Riviera without the posh crowds and pretensions. Throw in some Roman ruins, a half-finished cathedral begun in the Middle Ages, and you have Narbonne. Just around the coast from the border with Spain, this is France with a distinctly Catalan air about it. Terracotta rooftops and sun-bleached architecture add to the Mediterranean flavour of the city, and it wears its now-crumbling historic grandeur with self-assured pride. Often overlooked for more popular beachside destinations, Narbonne is a rewarding find.

Things to see

Though it’s built from the same sand-coloured stone that characterises much of the Languedoc, Narbonne Cathedral seems somewhat out of place. With its flying buttresses and gothic style, it resembles the great granite cathedrals of distant northern France. Yet since it was originally built right up against the defensive Roman wall, it was never fully completed, and remains unfinished to this day. Winding through the historic centre is the Canal de la Robine, the lifeblood of the city for millennia. To this day, you can still cruise down the waterways on canal boats, down to Port Nouvelle, where it reaches the Mediterranean Sea. Traverse the limestone ridge which separates city from coast, and you’ll reach Narbonne Beach, a sun-soaked stretch of sand, backed by stunning vistas of the Pyrenees. While the yachts docked in its marina might not rival those at Nice, it still cultivates a suave holiday air.

Hotels in Narbonne

From Parisian-style boutique hotels to beachside villas, each of Narbonne’s hotels boasts an individual style. Compared to the Riviera, just along the coast, Narbonne hotels offer great value for money. It might not be 5-star luxury, but these discount hotels in Narbonne are still stylish and comfortable. The city hotels offer chic, modern rooms, some with the option of self-catering apartments. Free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with premium channels come as standard. Elsewhere, you’ll find family-friendly beach hotels and apartments, with outdoor swimming pools. The larger, more upmarket, resorts have a definite hint of the Riviera, with casinos and cocktail bars.

Where to stay

Central Narbonne is the perfect choice for an alternative city break. Bars and cafés line the canal, and you can hire boats or bikes to explore the city. It has excellent transport links by road and rail to major destinations in both France and Spain, so it’s a convenient place to stop over on a longer journey. If you’re looking for a great value beach break in southern France, then head to Gruissan, Narbonne’s beach district. Here, you’ll find leisure facilities like water-sports, spas, and the casino, and many of the hotels are right on the beach, offering sea views.

How to get to Narbonne

Narbonne is an incredibly well-connected city, located within 2 hours of several international airports and being a key transfer point on the rail network. The closest airport is Beziers – Cap d’Agde, which receives year-round flights from London Luton, and some seasonal services from elsewhere. It’s about a 30 minute drive away. Montpellier-Mediterranée is the main airport for the Languedoc region, located an hour from Narbonne. It has dozens of international flight routes and can be a more practical option. Narbonne is linked to Barcelona by train, with direct journeys under 3 hours. High speed TGVs from Paris take 4 hours 30 minutes.

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