Trips to the Narbonne Countryside
Let yourself be guided, whatever the season, through this multifaceted area with its and discover the fantastic sites. Cradle of Roman civilisation, you will discover a rich and unique historic heritage take advantage of your trip to visit the vineyards and taste the quality produce, or simple relax on the shores of the Mediterranean.
We propose a selection of the best address for a trip to the Pays Narbonnais...
Abbaye de Fonfroide
If you are keen on architecture, the place to go is Abbaye de Fontfroide, a few kilometres outside Narbonne. Built in the midst of the Corbières in 1093, this historic monument, a perfect example of Cistercian architecture is set in a landscape of breathtaking magnificence. And for those gourmets among you, come and discover the Narbonnais terroir with a meal at the Abbey.
The urban agglomeration of Grand Narbonne has 125 000 habitants, strategically placed in a communications hub that links Toulouse, Montpellier and Perpignan. Grand Narbonne has some interesting places to see, such as its vineyards celebrated throughout the world, its generous cuisine, history and hidden places of aread more
At Duilhac, some 800 metres above sea level, overlooking the Corbières, you will discover the château de Peyrepertuse, a sumptuous monument built in the Middle Ages. With its extensive views, stretching from the Pyrenees to the shores of the Mediterranean, château de Peyrepertuse holds historical events throughout the summer featuring life as it was in the middle ages.read more
Visit Oulibo, an oil producing cooperative which is one of the 10 most visited commercial enterprises in France ! In Bize-Minervois some 20 km from Narbonne, at Oulibo you can experience the whole adventure of the process of olive oil in a unique exhibition dedicated to its discovery : the Olive tree’s Odyssey.
The acknowledged dream location for all kite surfers and wind surfers, Leucate, at 50 km of Narbonne, welcomes you to its wild shores in the depths of the Narbonne national park. Stroll along the great swathes of fine sandy beaches lapped by the clear waters at Leucate, taste the exceptional wines and enjoy the great atmosphere of its cultural events throughout the year.
Portel-des-Corbières is brimming with hidden treasures. Some forty kilometres from Narbonne, an attempt has been made to convert an ancient mine into a cellar for ageing wines. Terra Vinea, is 80 metres deep, and there you can discover the history of Mediterranean wine through a spectacular entertainment, provided during an event- filled trip through the incredible landscapes of Corbières.
To the south of Narbonne, the massif of La Clape mountain range looms high over the Château l’Hospitalet, a wine producing vineyard known in Languedoc-Roussillon for the production of Gérard Bertrand wines. Exhibitions, festivities and workshops are programmed all year to celebrate Art amidst an area of exceptional bearead more
Chateau de Ventenac
Twenty kilometres from Narbonne, overlooking the famous Canal du Midi, rises the château de Ventenac, known and acknowledged to be the keeper of the historic terroir of our wonderful region. What is special about it? It houses a cellar in its depths of which the wine producing village of Ventenac-Minervois is justly proud, and which continues to attract wine lovers.read more
Treasure hunters enables you to discover the La Narbonnaise region in a fun way through a treasure hunt. Discover the hidden, not to be missed or little known places with the aid of a map, a compass and some unusual indications. A treasure awaits you at the end of the adventure…
On the borders of the Narbonnais region lies the Fontrabiouse cave. By a lucky chance this cave was discovered in 1958 and was opened to the public in 1983. A route extending over a kilometre will enable you to discover this beautifully preserved location in an enjoyable manner. Straddling both Catalonia and Cathars country the case of Fontrabiouse is a joy for big and small explorers alike !
The Museum 1900
The Museum 1900, at Lagrasse, some forty kilometres from Narbonne, is a journey through the history of Corbières which you can explore through an original self-guided visit passing through typical scenes of the period. One floor of this timeless museum provides a spectacle illustrating the rich heritage of Corbières. Take the old tramline and go back in time to 1900 and you will feel that you were really there too...read more
Salin de la Palme
It is only thirty or so kilometres from Narbonne to Salin de La Palme. In the heart of the La Palme terroir an area which still retains its wild unspoilt landscape, the Salin de La Palme salt can boast of being both exceptional and unique in its purity. Just over a year ago, salt production began anew and this activity helps to maintain the coastline and contributes to maintaining the balance of its biodiversity.
Le Grand Celièr
On the borders of the Aude and the Hérault regions, in the heart of the Minervois terroir, Le Grand Celièr keeps alive the memory of the story of one man, Marcelin Albert, a prominent wine maker during the revolt of the vintners in the Great South at the beginning of the last century. This wine cellar retraces the life of this charismatic man in a rich and authentic exhibition.read more
Contemporary Arts Centre
Contemporary Arts Centre Set in the heart of Corbieres in a former wine cellar the Contemporary Arts Centre - Lieu d’Art Contemporain (L.A.C) was founded in 1991. Twenty kilometres from Narbonne this astonishing centre holds exhibitions of contemporary artists in an atmosphere where time seems to stand still. With its beautiful rooms and its singular light, the L.A.C. offers new perspectives on the exhibited works.read more
Giant gulf of Cabrespine
Between Narbonne and Carcassonne, carved into the heart of the Black Mountain, the Giant Gulf of Cabrespine reveals its sumptuous secrets recognised throughout the world as an exceptional site. Since the nineteen seventies, the Gulf has been open to the public fascinated by its play of light and the beauty of its treasures.