On the route of the Canal du Midi, between Argeliers and Le Somail, the Canal de la Robine joins up to empty into the Mediterranean Sea at Port la Nouvelle. The Canal de la Robine is a branch of the Canal du Midi. Just like the Canal de Brienne in Toulouse, this canal is also included in the World Heritage Site, with the Canal du Midi. Back on the Canal du Midi, this part of the waterway continues on to Carcassonne, a city twice classified as a World Heritage site!
Canal de la Robine
The Canal de Jonction which connects the Canal du Midi to the Aude River was completed in 1789. And in 1872 the Canal de la Robine made it possible to connect the Aude River and the Mediterranean Sea through Narbonne and Port la Nouvelle. Upon opening it to river traffic, it became clear that a waterway needed to be opened to reach the Mediterranean through Narbonne in order to benefit from the trade generated by the canal.
Not to miss : the seven locks of the canal, especially the Ecluse du Gailhousty and its siphon. The latter dates back to 1780 (at the exit of Sallèles d’Aude towards Narbonne), and is composed of a siphon and a double lock that allows boats to move between the Canal de Jonction and the Aude River.
Sallèles d’Aude (11590)
The history of Sallèles Aude began in antiquity. A port located at the crossroads of four waterways, the city was important commercially, particularly in the wine trade. But it was especially a great center of Gallo-Roman pottery, and exported its production (amphorae, bricks, tiles, dishes ...) throughout Europe.
Not to miss : the Maison des Ingénieurs, the aqueduct from the 2nd century. Other sites to see: Le Calvaire (calvary), Notre Dame (church), the remains of the Renaissance castle, the chapelle Saint Roch (chapel).
Syndicat d’initiative - Tourist information Desk
22 Avenue du Gailhousty, 11590 Sallèles d'Aude
Tel : 04 68 58 73 13.
Open from June through September
June, Wednesday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30/ 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
July and August, daily: 10 a.m. to 1p.m./ 3:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
September, Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m./ 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m./ 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Allée des potiers, 11590 Sallèles d'Aude
Tel: 04 68 46 89 48.
Full price/ reduced price: €5/ €3. Free on the first Sunday of the month.
June through September, Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a .m. to 12 p.m./ 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
October through May, Tuesday to Friday: 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m./ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The museum overhangs the archaeological site of a gallo-roman potter’s workshop. The latter was active between 20/30 BC and the IIIrd century and excavated from 1976. The visitors can discover the occupation of the potters and their daily life. They mass-produced amphora which allowed to contain and carry the wine, as well as various building materials (bricks, roof tiles) and ceramic dishes. After the visit of the museum, an outdoor path leads to the reconstruction of the ancient kilns and of a house, identically built by the museum team in a traditional way. As an experimental archaeology center and a place of cultural activities for the public, Amphoralis welcomes you for an original trip, at the heart of this craftmen district.
Amphoralis offers you :
- many animations all year (visits, family workshops, pottery courses...),
- free app ton download on your smartphone on AppStore or GooglePlay or on tablet at the museum, videos, augmented virtuality feature on digs,
- translations in english, german, spanish,
- a game booklet for children from 7 to 10 years old
With 2000 years of rich history, of which the Voie Domitia remains one of the earliest vestiges, Narbonne offers visitors a diverse heritage. For visitors traveling along the Canal de la Robine, a tour of the city and its treasures is not to be missed.
Not to miss : the Pont des Marchands (bridge), the Palais des Archevêques (the Archbishop's Palace), the Cathédrale Saint-Just-et-Saint-Pasteur (cathedral), et Basilique Saint-Paul-Serge (basilica).
31 rue Jean Jaures , 11100 Narbonne
Website - tel: 04 68 65 15 60.
Open daily. From mid-September through March: Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 13:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; April to mid-September, every day: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Accommodation available for visitors with disabilities.
Website - tel: 04 68 94 42 80.
Company also located in Portiragnes, Trebes, Homps and Castelnaudary. Rentals for two days to two weeks. Departure possible from many ports on the canal.
Cycles Cancel Alain
22 Avenue de Gruissan, 11100 Narbonne
Tel: 04 68 65 12 26.