Prime, central 4 bed apartment overlooking canal

Prime, central 4 bed apartment overlooking canal

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
1 baths

About our home

Come and stay at the original Narbonne airbnb property! Situated in the heart of Narbonne and overlooking the Canal de la Robine - this spacious and stylish apartment has availability for 4 guests.

***** WE HAVE 3 BEDROOMS AVAILABLE, SO IF THE DATES YOU REQUIRE SHOW AS UNAVAILABLE THEN PLEASE EDIT THE DATES AND ASK ANYWAY! ******

The location has it all....only 20 minutes from the nearest airport, it's surrounded by restaurants and bars, with a bird's eye view of summer festivities, free concerts and theatre. Shop for fresh fruit and veg, fish and meat in neighbouring Les Halles, the daily market, immortalised in Rick Stein's "A French Odyssey".

This historic cathedral town boasts elegant boutiques, theatre, cinema, ice-rink, bowling, excellent indoor and Olympic sized outdoor pool, in the Roman city that was "first daughter of Rome". An hour from the ski slopes and Spain, 10 minutes from the calm of the estuary, the magnificent coastal views from La Clappe and Gruissan castle, and a host of beaches - it's perfect...

This beautiful apartment is situated over the sophisticated and newly renovated restaurant/bar and overlooks the Canal de la Robine.

Narbonne is ideally placed to explore the surrounding area. We're a 10/15 minute walk from the station that has a well served line from Spain through France to Italy, to nearby Béziers with its swanky new shopping centre, historic cathedral and characterful side streets, Carcassonne with its Medieval Cité, Toulouse, the 4th largest city in France, even Paris and Barcelona, both within 4 hours reach by TGV. Buses run regularly both further afield (Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpelleier, Marseille and beyond to Spain etc) and locally and cheaply to the cinema/ice rink and pool (both walkable if you wish!) and beach. You can also venture out towards the shopping centres on the outskirts of Narbonne on the free bus that runs throughout.

Hire a car to explore the medieval villages of the Minervois, where life still and 13th century buildings stand untouched. Visit Minerve, the last Cathar stronghold and its fascinating museum that unravels the mysterious story of the local heritage. Venture into 'grail' territory out towards stunning Castelnaudry, Foix and the tudor town of Mirapoix.

In the summer every village has its fête, some notable ones are Bize, with its 'Fête des Oliviers', Azillanet's 'Fête de Pinart' and the Minerve fête.

Hire boats, large or small to navigate the canal, brimming with wildlife, you'll see exotic, vivid green lizards and snakes and birds. Drive through Narbonne's mini Carmargue and spot stork, flamingoes and heron on the way. Buy freshly caught fish at Gruissan's daily opening stalls or wonderful fruit and veg at the Saturday market. If you're up early enough, you can see the fisherman hauling in their catch.

In Spring, you can stand on Gruissan beach, in scorching sunshine, and clearly see the snow-tipped peaks of the Pyrenees. At the end of the beach is the unselfconsious oyster bar that serves only sea-food and white wine and tapers out into the sea itself.

Cours Mirabeau itself is at the heart of Narbonne, offering the very best mix of all this region has to offer. There is free parking at a 5 minute walk from the apartment and 24 hour (reasonably priced) underground parking a few metres away. It's a great base for relaxing, eating drinking, shopping or for the adventurous who are looking for more....

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  1. Professional, English mother with 3 children 14, 17 and 20. (2 eldest studying in the UK)
  2. Julia is an IT professional
  3. Adore travel, meeting new people, culture, arts, good food and wine.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Buzzy restaurants
Meli-Melo.La Table des Cuisiniers Cavistes. Entretemps.
Cool bars
After Taf. Chez Bebelles (Les Halles)
Cozy cafés
Melting Pot. CO. Le Petit Mocha. Coco delice.
Retail therapy
Small roads leading off Cathedral square.
Bit of culture
Cathedral/Place de Marie and Via Domitia. Roman museum. Theatre/cinema. Abbey Fontfroide - 15 minutes drive.
Walks in the park
Walks on Gruissan beach (oyster bar at far end) and the estuary. La Clape. Walks/cycle along canal, up to the beach (1 hour). Several central town parks.
Spot of exercise
Espace de Liberté (well equiped sports centre with indoor and outdoor Olympic sized pool. Wind surfing. Canoeing/kayaking at canal/river/beach. Jet skis/sailing.
Day tripping
Carcassonne. Abbey Fontfroide - 15 minutes drive. Cather sites (Minerve). Toulouse. Spain - Dali museum (Figueres - 1 hour 30 mins). Collioure. Girona (2 hours). Barcelona - 3 hours drive). Skiing (2 hours approx).

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