Narbonne Plage is an easy 1 hour drive from Carcassonne along the autoroute.
The first and really important point is that the beach is not actually at Narbonne. When we first
visited we had expected a drive through the City, through busy streets and then having a tricky time finding
anywhere to park. The reality is that you reach Narbonne Plage from the autoroute by driving through vinyards and
open countryside of domaine de clape. The ground is bone dry here and the road sweeps down from the hills, past a
military radar dome and towards the beach.
There is a wide promenade and we never had any trouble parking. The beach is covered with fine
beautiful sand but when the wind off the sea is strong the grains can sting!
When you stay in Carcassonne the local swimming places tend to be
Lac de Cavayere ( which can often be closed due to green algal blooms
but still has a lovely grassy beach area, walks and boats).
Pradelle up in the Montagne Noire. A couple of degrees cooler than on
the plains.Good swimming, boats and an ice cream kiosk.
Lac de Montbel. Lovely drive into the Ariege. However the sticky
clay and lack of easy access can make it a little tricky when the water levels are very low.
Narbonne plage is the closest coastal beach and really not a long drive at all.
This picture shows the beach looking up towards the promenade
and this shows the beach on a busy holiday, its very popular with the locals
This picture shows the boats at Narbonne. Image credit.