Le Rabelais

  • Narbonne Self Catering
  • Sleeps 1 to 2, 1 bedroom
  • €200 to €280 per week

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Are you looking for a place centrally situated for sightseeing, exploring the region around Narbonne and tasting gourmet food?

Then, be welcome in Le Rabelais in the historic center between the Lapidary Museum and the Archbishop's palace and the Saint-Just's cathedral. Cafés, restaurants, shops and the weekly markets on the banks of the Canal de la Robine are just a stone's throw away. So are the renown "halles" with their 72 traditional stalls, open throughout the year with the best choice of fresh fish, seafood, "charcuterie", fruit, vegetables and cheeses.

And, should you concretely dream of a "home in the sun" in Languedoc, Le Rabelais is ideally located for house hunting, spending time looking around, making contacts with local people or with agents, visiting and finding out which area, town or village you would prefer.

The house in which the apartment is located is very old (built on Roman foundations probably in the 13th Century) at the corner of two ancient narrow lanes.

Le Rabelais is on the second floor. Due to its large windows on each side, it is very light and airy. Its floor is originally terracotta paved. The decoration is held in friendly green and yellow, the whole furniture and equipment is new.

The kitchen is decorated by a big stone arch which was actually the window opening onto the lane in the Middle Ages. It is fitted with electric cooking plates, a microwave oven with grill function, a fridge, an extractor hob,a sink and a coffee machine as well as with cupboards with the necessary utensils, pots and pans.

The bedroom is separated from the kitchen by a curtain. Here you find a bed couch, a table and chair, a stereo with CD player and a big built-in wooden wardrobe with drawers and plenty of hanging and storage space. From there, you enter the separate bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower.

Area information

Situated between the Mediterranean Coast and the Corbières and connected to the Canal du Midi by the Canal de la Robine, Narbonne has been founded in 118 BC as Narbo Martius, the first Roman colony outside Italy. It soon became the capital of the provincia narbonensis and an important harbour. Later, the city was very prosperous between the 12th and 14th Centuries. The Archbishop's Palace forms with the Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur's cathedral an unique testimony of this flourishing period. Narbonne has always been an important junction between Italy and Spain, Atlantic and Mediterranean, Central Massif and Pyrénées.

Sightseeing in Narbonne (all the monuments within walking distance, otherwise free bus service "navette"). Archbishop's Palace and Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur's Cathedral (13th to 15th Century), cloister, choir with large medieval altarpiece, Gilles Aycelin dungeon with breathtaking view over the Via Domitia remains; Archeological Museum: Roman wall paintings and mosaics, arms and jewels from Paleolithic and Neolithic; Lapidary Museum: more than 1500 Roman reliefs and inscriptions found by demolishing the city ramparts; Horreum Museum: underground warehouse (1st cent. BC) with sculptures and stone reliefs; - Basilique Saint-Paul (built 1224) with paelochristian crypta; Art and History Museum: rich collection of orientalist paintings, ceramics and pottery (18th cent.), Dutch, Flemish and Italian paintings; House of Charles Trenet, the "mad singer" born 1913 in Narbonne; Canal de la Robine: walking along the canal banks to the Mandirac lock (6 kms), bike rentals or hire of electric boats; Day cruises on barges to Le Somail or to Port-la-Nouvelle

Surrounding area

Narbonne is in the Aude département, known for its history and Romanesque abbeys and cloisters. The Fontfroide abbey (Cistercian) with its wonderful rose garden with over 2000 bushes and that of Lagrasse (Benedictine) are some of the best preserved examples nearby. The World Heritage City of Carcassonne with its 39 towers spread along the ramparts greatly restored by Viollet-le-Duc, is only one hour drive. Amphoralis in Sallèles d'Aude is an unique Gallo-roman potters' museum with clay production installations.

Nature lovers will appreciate botanical walks amidst the rich flora of the Massif de la Clape to the Notre-Dame-des Auzils chapel and the Marine cemetery. Or day tours to Bages and Peyriac-de-Mer, traditional fishing villages (eel specialities) rambling around the "étang de Doul" or between Bages and La Nautique. The old village of Gruissan with the Saint-Martin island museum (salt harvest and production) and the ornithologic observation site are also of great interest.

Narbonne is also a good base for exploring the Corbières. The call of the fascinating unspoilt nature of these hills with the impressive ruined Cathar castles is strong for nature lovers. Peyrepertuse and Quéribus perched on rocky peaks and Villerouge-Termenès are doubtless worth a visit. Wine tasting in the Corbières with its great diversity (11 terroirs different in soil type, microclimate, grape varieties and method of vinification) is a must for connoisseurs.

Payment information

Rental prices include all taxes, water and electricity. End cleaning compulsory: 20 euros. Bed linens, bath and kitchen towels are available on request (15 euros per person) no beach towels.

A deposit of 30% is required to confirm your reservation. The balance is due 6 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit (200 euros) is required on arrival.


Le Rabelais

Narbonne self catering

Aude 11100