"Narbonne - More than 2000 years of history." Carcassonne Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jerelis
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Narbonne is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. The ancient city of Colonia Narbo Martius was founded in 118 BC and its golden age began in the years later. The compact town of Narbonne is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Narbonne is France, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was the capital of the ancient Roman Empire and its legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Historical buildings to stroll around include the 14th century Narbonne Cathedral, numerous churches, a Horreum, the Cimentiére de Bourg (cemetery), a beautiful park like the Jardin de Martyrs de La Resistance and the defensive walls behind the palace reveal delights at every turn. Time to explore it!
We can honestly state that the best way to explore Narbonne is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 25 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Narbonne is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.
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