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Bike itinerary - Narbonne - Port la Nouvelle

Publié le : 08/20/2019 12:14:08
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Bike itinerary - Narbonne - Port la Nouvelle

Duration: 1 day

Distance: 26 km, 1h45 by bike about

Difficulty: Easy


Located at the crossroads of the Corbières, the Mediterranean Sea and the Catalan Pyrenees, Narbonne is a historic city where life is good. After visiting the city, discover the wilderness typical of the Languedoc coast, which is easily discovered by bike.

The territory of the Great Mediterranean Narbonne offers cycling routes for sports outings or family outings to the sea or the Canal du Midi. Go and discover the jewels that surround the canal that passes through Narbonne: the Canal de la Robine.

After picking up your bike at the Paulette - Narbonne Agency, 11 Boulevard Condorcet, go to your right, heading south.

Go through the alleys of Narbonne. Turn right at the first roundabout, then on your left, you will discover the old town. With more than 2500 years of history, Narbonne has some jewels not to be missed, such as the Saint-Just-Saint-Pasteur cathedral and the Palais des Archevêques.

Stop to admire the exterior of the monuments.

Before the Merchant Bridge, take the road on your left. Join the banks of the Canal de la Robine which will take you to Port La Nouvelle.

This canal, 32 kilometres long in total, links the Mediterranean Sea to the Junction Canal and further on to the Canal du Midi. It allows you to reach the seaside resort of Port-La Nouvelle in 1h15 by bike.

After Narbonne, the towpath is now a little more stony. This path will take you to the sublime natural landscape of the Corbières maritimes, in complete safety.

After a few kilometres, the landscape changes. You are in the heart of the Narbonne Regional Nature Park. Nature becomes omnipresent and wild, you walk along the pond of Bages Sigean and its wetland made of reed beds and sansouïres. On the other side of the pond, admire the magnificent village of Bages perched on its promontory.

While walking, on a clear day, you can see the summit of Mont Canigou and the Pyrenees mountain range.

At the Mandirac lock, ignore the Gruissan direction on the left to continue straight on towards Port la Nouvelle. You pass near the Domaine du Grand Castélou. The estate is a classified site of the Conservatoire du littoral. Get off the towpath to visit it and watch for rare bird species that nest between the reeds.

Take the marked route to the south. You will pass the lock of the small Mandirac before arriving at the side of the "Manade Tournebelle". Horse and bull breeding offers a variety of activities. Stop there to discover the farm.

Six kilometres further south, the Canal de la Robine winds its way through lagoon expanses, like an emerald wire in a vast blue area.

You will pass in the middle of the pond of Ayrolle on your left, from Bages on your right.

Following the island along the Canal de la Robine, you will arrive at the magnificent Regional Nature Reserve of Sainte Lucie, which is made up of three entities: the island, the old salt pans and the beach of La Vieille-Nouvelle.

In front of the old salt works, at the lock house. Take a lunch break in this peaceful place. Picnic tables are available.

Crossing the lock on your right, you will enter the island of Sainte Lucie, follow the path to enjoy a splendid view of the ponds and observe the birds. From the island you can see the train passing through the middle of the water to reach Narbonne.

Cross the canal again through the lock and continue towards Port la Nouvelle.

You only have one kilometre left before the Canal reaches the sea and before reaching the authentic Port-La Nouvelle station.

At the end of the day, take a walk along the harbour. We recommend the restaurant "l'Atelier la Réserve" to taste a gourmet cuisine, with Southern accents, at the end of the pier. You can admire the village lighthouse under the sunset.

If you stay in Port-la-Nouvelle between July 15th and August 10th, don't miss the cultural activities of the Théâtre de la Garrigue.

For the night, we advise you to stay at the Hotel Méditerranée, which offers a breathtaking view of the sea.

For more information on accommodation and activities in Port la Nouvelle, do not hesitate to visit the website of the Greater Mediterranean Narbonne:

To return to Narbonne, you have two options. You can return to the city by bicycle or by train from Port-la Nouvelle station. The daily TER lines allow the transport of bicycles.

Do you want to follow this route with your application or GPS? Feel free to consult our itinerary here and download it in GPX format!

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