How to spent 2 hours in Gruissan – France

Rosie Andre

Gruissan is a small town close to Narbonne on the South coast of France. It's a historical town with beautiful old ruins on top of a hill in the center of the town. The Barberousse Tower over looks hundreds of orange roof tops, the small windy streets, the still waters and the surrounding harbours. It's quite easy to get up to the tower for the spectacular views as there are steps most of the way and hand rails to help. The path up to the tower also passes in front of the town's church. When I was there, the church was being prepared for a wedding, so I quickly popped my head in. It's a cute little church and worth popping in while walking past.

There was a festival on when I was there called Les Festijades - Terre et Mer. Lots of the beautiful buildings had bars outside serving wines, beers and finger food. I think it would be prettier if they weren't there blocking the lovely buildings, doors and shutters, but never mind.

The other thing I enjoyed whilst in Gruissan, was taking photographs of the small boats on the still water. I had parked my car in the free car park to the north of the town, then walked along the water's edge to the bridge leading to Avenue Général Azibert. The water was lovely and still and so the reflections were clear and mirror-like.

I did quite like looking around Gruissan although I went on a grey day. I think it would be a lot nicer on a sunny day in Summer as I'm not sure how touristy it is. Maybe it's a bit of a hidden gem. It's a small town so you wouldn't need the whole day there. There didn't seem to be many restaurants for lunch or dinner so bare that in mind when visiting. Overall - a nice place to visit for a couple of hours when staying around Narbonne. Not huge, not a lot to do, but nice all the same.

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