Narbonne was an important place in Roman times, being at the junction between the Via Domitia and the Via Aquitania. Trade was prominent here and there was a Forum and warehouses for grain and products. The underground storage sites are worth visiting.
The A9 (Route Aquitaine) and A61 motorways pass through/near Narbonne.
Much of the city centre can be covered on foot. There is also a free (tiny!) shuttle bus that cuts a route from the Mediatheque along the canal and around other parts of town.
- 1 Archbishops' Palace (Palais du Pape). Good views from the top of the tower (donjon) over towards the nearby cathedral and the surrounding areas. €4 to climb the tower.
- 2 Via Domitia. An excavated section of the Via Domitia, the Roman road that ran from Italy to Spain. free.
- 3 Narbonne Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur de Narbonne). Begun in 1272, but unfinished, this cathedral is the fourth tallest in France. Free.
- 4 Roman Horreum. A former grain warehouse, built underground as a cryptoporticus.
- 5 Museum of Archaeology in Narbonne (Musée archéologique de Narbonne), Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
- 6 Museum of Art and History of Narbonne (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Narbonne), Palais des Archevêques, Place de l'Hôtel de Ville.
- 7 NarboVia, Avenue de Gruissan, 50.
Take a trip to the beach at nearby Narbonne Plage (15km away.)
There are various cafes and bars around the main square.