Guest Notes for Episode 403: A Visit to Narbonne and the Mediterranean Coast

Category: Toulouse Area

Discussed in this Episode

  • Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Narbonne
  • Carcassonne
  • Collioure
  • Clos de la Lombarde archeological dig

Narbonne: Launching point to discover SW France on the Mediterranean Coast

Each time I visit France I like to explore a region that I haven’t been to before. I speak both Spanish and French and this time I selected to stay in the city of Narbonne and use it as a base from which to explore nearby towns and villages. In addition to exploring Narbonne and the nearby old sea side town of Gruissan, I also spent the day in Carcassonne and a day in Collioure. Had I been able to stay longer, there are dozens of other towns in villages I could have reached by train and bus, and even more with a car.

I stayed in a one bedroom Airbnb that was just outside of the historic city center and 10 minutes walking from the train station. It was ideal. I had already been traveling for a week and it had a washing machine and drying rack so it was wonderful to be able to do a little bit of laundry.

Restaurants I ate at:
Le Mallicolo in Narbonne
L’Estagnol in Nabonne
Bistro Blasco on the Place Carnot in Carcassone Bastide
La Voile in Collioure

I tried to eat in the following restaurants and would attempt them again the next time I am there. By the time I thought about making a reservation they were fully booked.

Le Verre d’Un in Carcassone bastide
La Barbacane, in Carcassone Cite
La Balette, in Collioure

There are a number of hotels in the Carcassonne Bastide town alongside the river that have a beautiful view of Carcassonne Citey. I would definitely stay in one of those and if possible be there on July 14 to watch was supposed to be standing fireworks display at all of France!

Jennifer in front of the medieval cité de Carcassonne: Narbonne and the Meditarranean Coast Episode

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Category: Toulouse Area