Port-la-Nouvelle is a commune located in the east of the Aude department, in the Occitania region (France).

Historically and culturally, the commune is part of Narbonne, a country including Narbonne and its outskirts, the Clape massif and the lagoon strip of ponds. Exposed to a Mediterranean climate, it is drained by the Berre, the Canal de la Robine, the Rieu and another river. Included in the Narbonnaise regional natural park in the Mediterranean, the town has a remarkable natural heritage: four Natura 2000 sites, six protected areas and twelve natural areas of ecological, fauna and flora interest.

Port-la-Nouvelle is an urban and coastal commune which has 5,905 inhabitants in 2021, after having experienced a sharp increase in population since 1975.

It’s a location on the Amethyst Coast of the Mediterranean resorts of France.

Port-La Nouvelle is the third largest port in the French Mediterranean (for trade).

Main attractions

  • Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Voyage Church in Port-la-Nouvelle
  • The “Vieille Nouvelle” defense tower: built in 1742, this square-based tower was part of a coastal defense program
  • Whale Museum.


Port-La Nouvelle is a huge sandy beach stretching for nearly 10 km, against the backdrop of the Leucate cliffs and the Corbières vineyards. Any time of year is a great time for strolling along the waterfront and admiring the comings and goings of pleasure boats, fishermen and international cargo ships.

How to get to?

From Paris: 7 hr 46 min (812 km) via A71 and A75

From Toulouse: 1 hr 42 min (170 km) via A61

From Marseille: 3 hr 5 min (282 km) via A9

From Monaco: 4 hr 32 min (462 km) via A8 and A9

From Andorra: 3 hr 17 min (215 km) via D66

From Madrid: 7 hr 50 min (839 km) via A-2 and AP-2

From Moscow: 34 hr (3,387 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 17 hr 3 min (1,765 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 27 hr (2,749 km) via A4

From Bern: 6 hr 43 min (720 km) via A9

Main information

Area: 28,55 km2

Population: 5 905

Coordinates: 43°01′12″N 03°02′46″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

See also France travel guide

See also Spain travel guide

See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide

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