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Guidebook for Bages

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Guidebook for Bages

Parks & Nature
The étang of Bages-Sigean - one of the typical lagoons of the French mediterranean coast. The kingdom of birds, realm of the pink flamingos. In antiquity, the river port of Narbonne was situated close to what is today the étang de Bages-Sigean. At the time the étang was a vast gulf, open to the sea where ships from across the mediterranean weighed anchor. It was called Lacus Rubresus by the Romans because of the alluvial silt, coloured by red earth from the high valley of the Aude. The gulf was protected by the islands of St Martin, St Lucie (which now belongs to the coastal conservation area) and La Clape, today joined to the mainland. . In the 15th century the gulf transformed into the lag
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Étang de Bages-Sigean
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The étang of Bages-Sigean - one of the typical lagoons of the French mediterranean coast. The kingdom of birds, realm of the pink flamingos. In antiquity, the river port of Narbonne was situated close to what is today the étang de Bages-Sigean. At the time the étang was a vast gulf, open to the sea where ships from across the mediterranean weighed anchor. It was called Lacus Rubresus by the Romans because of the alluvial silt, coloured by red earth from the high valley of the Aude. The gulf was protected by the islands of St Martin, St Lucie (which now belongs to the coastal conservation area) and La Clape, today joined to the mainland. . In the 15th century the gulf transformed into the lag
Across from Peyriac is the hidden beach of Doul and swimming here in the little Etang de Doul near Peyriac is an interesting experience as the water is 43% salt, similar to the Dead Sea. A lovely little beach and lovely walking all around
Étang du Doul
Across from Peyriac is the hidden beach of Doul and swimming here in the little Etang de Doul near Peyriac is an interesting experience as the water is 43% salt, similar to the Dead Sea. A lovely little beach and lovely walking all around
Food Scene
Famous restaurant that attracts visitors from all around and well known for serving eels from the lagoon. Delicious and highly recommended.
Le Portanel
Famous restaurant that attracts visitors from all around and well known for serving eels from the lagoon. Delicious and highly recommended.
Drinks & Nightlife
A lovely restaurant/café/bar situated in the central village square in a beautiful and peaceful setting with delicious food and very friendly owners. Highly recommended.
Les Beaux Arts
A lovely restaurant/café/bar situated in the central village square in a beautiful and peaceful setting with delicious food and very friendly owners. Highly recommended.
Arts & Culture
Local art from local artists
L'Etangd'art
8 Rue de l'Ancien Puits
Local art from local artists
Sightseeing
The closest city, Narbonne, is just 10km from Bages and is a vibrant and historic Roman city, an architectural gem. The historic centre concentrates on either side of the banks of the Canal de la Robine which links to the Canal du Midi, with a majestic pedestrianized, tree-lined avenue surrounded by quintessentially French buildings leading to the impressive cathedral of Saint-Just and the Archbishop’s Palace. All around are historic, narrow lanes of shops and cafés, bars and pretty squares of the old town. The town also has a distinctly Spanish vibe and an exceptional covered market, ‘Les Halles’ which sells fresh produce directly supplied by fishermen and local farmers.
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Narbonne
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The closest city, Narbonne, is just 10km from Bages and is a vibrant and historic Roman city, an architectural gem. The historic centre concentrates on either side of the banks of the Canal de la Robine which links to the Canal du Midi, with a majestic pedestrianized, tree-lined avenue surrounded by quintessentially French buildings leading to the impressive cathedral of Saint-Just and the Archbishop’s Palace. All around are historic, narrow lanes of shops and cafés, bars and pretty squares of the old town. The town also has a distinctly Spanish vibe and an exceptional covered market, ‘Les Halles’ which sells fresh produce directly supplied by fishermen and local farmers.
Collioure for an easy day trip is south of Bages (take the train from Narbonne to avoid the summer traffic and parking problems) and the Spanish border just beyond. Carcassone 30 minutes, Perpignan 30 minutes, Montpellier under an hour, Beziers 25 minutes and Barcelona two and a half hours. In addition, Bages is 20-25 km from all the famous golden beaches of the Languedoc; Narbonne-Plage, Gruissan and La Franqui. So, if you’re looking for just the right blend of relaxed French village life mixed with Mediterranean beach holiday, a smattering of history, local flavour, wonderful food and wines, a friendly welcome and easy access across the south of France, Bages is the perfect place.
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Collioure
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Collioure for an easy day trip is south of Bages (take the train from Narbonne to avoid the summer traffic and parking problems) and the Spanish border just beyond. Carcassone 30 minutes, Perpignan 30 minutes, Montpellier under an hour, Beziers 25 minutes and Barcelona two and a half hours. In addition, Bages is 20-25 km from all the famous golden beaches of the Languedoc; Narbonne-Plage, Gruissan and La Franqui. So, if you’re looking for just the right blend of relaxed French village life mixed with Mediterranean beach holiday, a smattering of history, local flavour, wonderful food and wines, a friendly welcome and easy access across the south of France, Bages is the perfect place.
Essentials
Buy your essentials just across the square from our house in this lovely little epicerie/store including fresh bread in the mornings and enjoy a coffee on the sunny terrace while you are there.
Les jardins de Bages
4 Place Juin 1907
Buy your essentials just across the square from our house in this lovely little epicerie/store including fresh bread in the mornings and enjoy a coffee on the sunny terrace while you are there.
Getting Around
Airports Britsh Airways to Montpellier (50 mins drive) British Airways to Toulouse (International Airport) (1 hour 30mins drive) Ryanair to Béziers (25 mins drive) Ryanair to Carcassonne (40 mins drive) Ryanair to Perpignan (40 mins drive) Ryanair flights to Nimes (1 hour 20 mins drive) Ryanair flights to Girona (1 hour 30 mins drive) Barcelona international airport (2 hour 30 mins drive) RAIL: SNCF rail links to Narbonne from all major cities
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Béziers
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Airports Britsh Airways to Montpellier (50 mins drive) British Airways to Toulouse (International Airport) (1 hour 30mins drive) Ryanair to Béziers (25 mins drive) Ryanair to Carcassonne (40 mins drive) Ryanair to Perpignan (40 mins drive) Ryanair flights to Nimes (1 hour 20 mins drive) Ryanair flights to Girona (1 hour 30 mins drive) Barcelona international airport (2 hour 30 mins drive) RAIL: SNCF rail links to Narbonne from all major cities