The secret stretch of coastal France that’s nicer than Nice

Think of the south of France and postcard images of the lavender fields of Provence and tony spots with yachts — Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez — likely spring to mind. 

But look at a map of France and trace a finger down from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea and you’ll land in the region of Occitanie, where the department of Aude and the coastal city of Narbonne and surrounds offer up a very different, more relaxed view of the country’s south.