Port-la-Nouvelle, an authentic resort on the Aude coastline, between the spicy scents of the Corbières garrigue and the pleasant blue tones of the sea, is a true little Mediterranean town complete with fishing port and shopping streets which keep it lively all year round!
10 km of beach, two sites protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral (Ile Sainte Lucie, Domaine de Frescati) and the Canal de la Robine, a UNESCO World Heritage feature, all add to the harmony and authenticity of this town.

Port-la-Nouvelle, la jetée
Port-la-Nouvelle, poste de secours

Hiking trails

Discover the exceptional natural environment, on trails like the Sentier du Golfe Antique around the lagoons and, for the more adventurous, the Cathar trail, into the Mediterranean wilderness of the garrigue, Slip on your trainers and go exploring the many trails that await you!

 
 

Île Sainte Lucie, a “Regional Nature Reserve”

Located just outside the town, to the south of the Bages-Sigean lagoon, this unspoilt and uninhabited island is one of the last features of the Corbières range as it disappears towards the Mediterranean Sea.

Nature rules in this lush green haven of peace which is monitored by the Conservatoire du Littoral (coast conservation body). For all its fragility, this site is of great interest to nature enthusiasts.

In the shade of the pines, succumb to its beauty amid the singing cicadas .. Why not take the children on one of the theme tours organised by the Conservatoire guides, and find out all there is to know about the animal and plant life here.

Balade à vélo le long du Canal de la Robine ©Céline Deschamps - ADT de l'Aude

The Canal de la Robine

You can enjoy a nature discovery trip around Port-la-Nouvelle, on foot or by bike, in the company of a guide. Half-day and full-day excursions are available, for example, to follow the Canal de la Robine. La Robine terminates at Port-la-Nouvelle, connecting to Narbonne and, further afield, the Canal du Midi. The perfect place for nature walks between the lagoons!

La jetée Port la Nouvelle

The port

Port-la-Nouvelle is a lively place throughout the year. Because it is more than just a seaside resort attracting holidaymakers in summer. The commercial port is now the third biggest Mediterranean port in France.

Port-la-Nouvelle is also a fishing port where trawlers are used. Sardines in summer and anchovies in winter, but also sole, whiting, red mullet, bass, squid, monkfish, etc.

The trawlers go out every day from Monday to Friday before dawn (as early as 3 am) and can be found at the fish auction at around 5 pm. The catch is unloaded and the fish auction begins. An average of 4.5 tonnes of fish are traded here every day, making a total of around 2,500 tonnes per year.
Summer or winter, it’s always a pleasure to watch the coming and going of the fishing trawlers and pleasure boats…

Port la nouvelle et son port de plaisance ©ADT de l'Aude