"Narbonne - Game plan strategy." Carcassonne Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jerelis
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Most people try to rush Narbonne on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Narbonne properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Narbonne we saw on a city map that the small town of Narbonne is divided into three areas - the historical old town, the area around Canal du Midi and the more residential area in the new part of the town. We visited the city several times, every time we hiked our way through one of the areas.
Our hikes were in the old town where the city is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for several hours. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at Cours de la République where we parked the car, made our way to Pont des Merchants and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Horreum at the other side of the city centre. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Narbonne is the place to get hopelessly lost for half a day. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the Palace Gardens (old garden facing the old town walls), Les Halles (old marketplace in a beautiful building), mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Narbonne?
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