France: Languedoc Roussillon

Around Narbonne

The wines of the Corbières and Fitou areas
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 03 February 2010
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Main towns and villages


Narbonne is a charismatic ancient city, although nicely scruffy around the edges as well, and a good stop-off between the Languedoc and the Roussillon. Its compact size makes the centre easy to walk around when visiting Saint-Just cathedral, the Palais des Archevêques or the daily market. Other sites of interest nearby are Fontfroide Abbey, the watery wildlife 'Réserve Africaine' and of course the beach at Narbonne-Plage.


The second largest town in this micro-region, Lézignan is a fairly lively place and, while remaining down to earth, it is definitely developing, with plenty of shops and places to eat.


Apart from being surrounded by some great wine estates, the village of Lagrasse is famous for its abbey founded originally in the 8th century, which is open for visits throughout the tourist season (for more information see  You will find a few cafés, restaurants and hotels along  the village’s tree-lined main road and dotted around its back streets.


The penultimate village before crossing the hills into the Roussillon, Tuchan is home to one of the most modern wine cooperative cellars in France and close to a couple of extraordinary Cathar fortresses (see 'Other attractions'). The village holds a lively wine festival in the summer - see 'Events'.

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