Visit Port-la-Nouvelle (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
Port-la-Nouvelle is a coastal town and resort situated in southern France, in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon to the south Narbonne.
There are two faces to Port-la-Nouvelle - the first is the fifteen kilometre long beach facing on to the Mediterranean that attracts thousands of tourists each year, and the second is one of the largest industrial ports to be found in France.
Town and harbour
The beach is sandy, gently sloping, supervised and lots of activities to amuse the family. The beach has also been awarded the 'Blue Flag' for cleanliness and facilities. Behind the beach at Port-la-Nouvelle there are numerous cafes, hotels and restaurants.
There are also three port areas: the first is one of the largest industrial ports in France (of no interest to visitors), the second is the bustling fishing port, and the third is dedicated to pleasure boats. The best time to visit the fishing port is between 8.30 and 9.30 each morning when the harbour side fish market leaps into action.
Attractions close to Port-la-Nouvelle
Away from the beach, take one of the marked trails alongside the canal through the protected 'Ile de Sainte-Lucie' region for a chance to appreciate the natural environment around Port-la-Nouvelle - the region is an extensive area of waterways, woods and a lovely place to relax and enjoy the countryside.
One unusual sight is 'La Baleine' - the skeleton of a whale washed up in the port here 25 years ago has been preserved for visitors to see. The skeleton is about 20 metres long! (situated at the Domaine de Jugnes on the route to Lapalme).
A more conventional destination for nature lovers is the Sigean Nature Reserve just a few kilometres inland from Port-la-Nouvelle.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Port-la-Nouvelle, Sigean, Narbonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, 11210 || GPS: latitude 43.013333, longitude 3.08
Map of Port-la-Nouvelle & places nearby
Highlights close by
Fontfroide Abbey 19km
See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near Port-la-Nouvelle.
See Languedoc-Roussillon and Aude (the region and department for Port-la-Nouvelle) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Port-la-Nouvelle, France
- African reserve of Sigean - zoo or wildlife park (12km)
- Narbonnaise en Méditerranée - regional natural parc (15km)
- Abbaye de Fontfroide (Narbonne) - religious monument (20km)
- Narbonne - secteur sauvegarde (20km)
- Enserune - national monument (33km)
- Beziers - secteur sauvegarde (38km)
- Perpignan - town of art and history (38km)
- Lagrasse - most beautiful village (38km)
- Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (Cabestany) - religious monument (39km)
- Minerve - most beautiful village (47km)
Market days in Port-la-Nouvelle: A seasonal market is held in Port-la-Nouvelle on Saturday. Regular market(s) are held in Port-la-Nouvelle each Wednesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Port-la-Nouvelle (Francais)