Top places to visit
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Béziers
Visit the Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire, one of the many museums or Le Jardin du Plateau des Poètes. Béziers has long been associated with rugby and you can buy all sorts of rugby items from the ASB Rugby Club. In August for a whole week Béziers comes alive with the Féria. There is a wide choice of restaurants and shopping. Ten minutes from the town centre you will find the neuf écluses de Fonseranne (pictured) - a fascinating part of the Canal du Midi where the locks "lift" canal boats down a slope.
Carcassonne
Carcassonne is a medieval city where the château and the ramparts are truly breath-taking. This cité is one of the most spectacular sites in France and ranks in the top five most visited tourist locations in the country. There is a medieval festival every August with jousting tournaments, son et lumière performances and concerts. The new town is pleasant and there are several large supermarkets on the outskirts - a useful plus point for travellers using Carcassonne airport who want to stock up on food and drink.
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Narbonne
It is pleasant to wander around Narbonne, with its historic remains, in the shade of the plane trees, through its narrow winding streets and along the banks of the Canal de la Robine (pictured). The French singer-composer Charles Trenet was a native of Narbonne. There are lots of restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from. Narbonne has a wide selection of shops and plenty of places of interest. Les Halles in the centre of Narbonne is one of the best places to buy fresh food and is open every day of the year from 7am to 1pm. L’Espace de Liberté (route de Perpignan) includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, skating rink, bowling alley and a range of outdoor sports facilities including a pitch and putt golf course.