Once a Roman colony, Narbonne is full of ancient ruins and magnificent buildings that take visitors on a journey through time. In a picturesque setting, every corner of the city is littered with historical and cultural anecdotes. A must-see in the South of France, just two hours by train from Barcelona.
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” My friend Narbonne, the sweetness of the first day, tonight sleeps in the shadow of the tower.Beneath the faint moon, take an energetic walk through the countryside at night Country Child Charles Trenet wrote in 1961.
Arriving at this city, founded in the 2nd century BC, the scent of silence enchants visitors. Narbonne froze in nostalgia for a bygone era. As such, visitors are delighted to stop, quietly observe, listen, and be moved. Like the painting in which the author left without revealing all the secrets, the “eldest daughter of Rome outside Italy” also retains her mystery.
Journey through time and culture
A change of the world, getaway in the heart of Occitania, accessible from Barcelona by 4 TGV trains a day to Narbonne, the capital of Catalonia. Regular flights between Spain and France, a collaboration between SNCF and Renfe. In just two hours, you’ll reach the city crossed by the Robin Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built by the Romans, Narbonne still retains many traces of its existence throughout the city, especially in front of the town hall, the ruins of the famous Via Domitia, built in ancient times to connect Italy and Spain. You can see. A stone’s throw away, Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur Cathedral, his fourth-tallest religious building in France, is the city’s most prestigious monument. It also has the characteristic of being incomplete.
During the Middle Ages the city became an important religious, intellectual and commercial center. Many of the structures that still exist today have seen the light of day, including the magnificent Archbishop’s Palace built between the 13th and his 14th centuries.
Occupied successively by the Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Vikings and then by royalty, Narbonne reflects these different periods in its architecture and is richly informed in the city’s museums, especially its archaeological museums. is getting From prehistoric times to the beginning of the Renaissance, you’ll find an impressive collection of works that trace this history.
Fans of Charles Trenet and those who want to learn more about the life of the Narbonnet poet can visit his birthplace. Considered to be his source of inspiration, it’s full of personal memories and archives worth a detour. Finally, for a moment of freshness and tranquility, five kilometers of fine sand border the city.
Unique French gastronomy concept, Les Grands Buffet
In the evening, after immersing yourself in the history and culture of Narbonne, enjoy a special culinary and visual moment at the Les Grands Buffets restaurant. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Established in 1989, the facility offers the most iconic recipes of French cuisine available to the general public. For €47.90 per person, you’ll have unlimited access to refined cuisine in a unique museum-like setting.
Surrounded by paintings and sculptures and completely renovated by the best French craftsmen, the restaurant is truly a gallery of works of art. Rediscover the great classics of French cuisine in a sociable yet relaxed atmosphere. From meats to seafood, charcuterie, pastries, wines and champagnes, nothing is left to chance.
More than 111 types of cheese are lined up, certified in the Guinness Book of Records! In the rotisserie area, specific meats are prepared at the customer’s request, especially duck blood and haleala, respecting the rites of her Royal ancestors. On the ocean side, the lobster cascade is impressive, surrounded by a variety of seafood including oysters, shrimp, langoustines, clams and salmon. Then comes dessert.
Even if I’m not hungry, I can’t stand it. The best French pastry chef classics such as macaroons, chocolate mousses, eclairs, tartlets and canelés are made daily by our master pastry chefs. Fine dining that you can choose and taste from a selection of over 70 wines offered by Les Grands Buffets.
And only after this day, rich in cultural and tasteful discoveries, can we begin again with these emblematic words of Charles Trenet. ” A taxi from Monge took me on vacation.Goodbye whole city, the tour is over”.
Visit Narbonne – useful information
For more information, visit the tourist information site.
To get there from Barcelona: Renfe-SNCF line departing from Sants station. Click here for information and reservations.
For accommodation, we recommend the charming Hotel C Boutique, 13 Rue Suffren, 11100 Narbonne.
Restaurant Le Grand Buffet
Date and time: Open seven days a week for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:30pm and for dinner from 7:15pm to 9:15pm.
price : Adults €47.90, children 6-10 €23.90, children under 5 free.
Click here for information and reservations.