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L'île Sainte-Lucie: A coastal amble

St_Lucie.jpgThis is a charming way to spend some hours: strolling (there's nothing strenuous here) the broad trails of this island just outside Port-la-Nouvelle. On the west edge, trains shoot past. On the east edge, salt pans sip at the Mediterranean. And sketching the island's perimeter is the placid Canal de la Robine, enjoyed by a few pleasure barges.

The island's ancient (and today barely discernible) quarries provided stones as far back as Roman times. Now, it's all a nature preserve. Walkers and bicyclists of all ages use it for exercise. "Gone fishin'" types troll the canal. It's a favorite picnic spot. Behind you is Port-la-Nouvelle, a small commercial port with plenty of seafood restaurants and accessible waterfront.

Time to destination: 1 hour. Time for hike: 2 leisurely hours. This is hike #42 in the trail guide, L'Aude, Pays Cathare...à pied.

Directions: From the house in Valros, head toward St. Thibéry. Look for blue signs directing you to the A9, the Autoroute. Take the A9 south toward Barcelona and Narbonne. Take exit (sortie) 39, toward Port-la-Nouvelle. You'll soon spot a huge cement plant. You then come to a round-about. Keep going around until you see the sign for L'île Sainte-Lucie. You go over a modern bridge. Turn left at the Lavoye building. You'll go under a low gate that prevents trucks from entering. Continue driving along the canal until you see a parking lot on the right, next to the salt pans.
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