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The canal de la Robine

Canal de la robine

La Robine originates from Occitan, with the word “Roubine”, which means “canal”. The first canal was built in Roman times, linking Narbonne to the Mediterranean Sea via the Sigean lagoon. In the Middle Ages, with the Aude having been diverted from its original river bed, a channel was dug in order to guarantee a water supply to the town of Narbonne. This channel was then enlarged to make sailing possible.

After the Canal du Midi was completed, just 5 kilometres separated the Canal de la Robine from the Canal du Midi. A lack of funds meant that the link-up was only made in 1787, when the Canal de Jonction was dug, finally connecting Narbonne to the Canal du Midi.

There are now 36 kilometres of waterway including 13 locks which open to link the Mediterranean to Port La Nouvelle.

Travelling along the Canal de la Robine, you soon come across the charming village of Sallèles d’Aude, which was a wine-growing capital from the 4th century BC. The site of Amphoralis is a testament to this former glory; it comprises a museum and reconstruction of an ancient village of Gallo-Roman potters where you can discover a large number of amphorae that were produced in response to the business activity of the time.

The Canal de la Robine was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996.

 

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