"Narbonne: Canal de La Robine" Top 5 Page for this destination Languedoc-Roussillon Things to Do Tip by kokoryko
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In Narbonne are beautiful monuments and the historical city centre is picturesque, the beach is not far, but a walk along the Canal de la Robine, on grass, under the shade of plane trees is very interesting too!
On sunny days, the locals sunbathe on the quays, behind the boats (picture 1), in a quiet atmosphere; small boats, strollers, sunbathers, that is the atmosphere of Canal de la Robine today, during a sunny day.
The bishops? palace dominates the scene (picture 2); there are flowers everywhere along the canal and the bridges, and if you feel in the mood, you can even hire small electricity powered boats to tour on the canal (picture 3).
?Real boats? are anchored in the canal (picture 4), but the commercial activity has slowed down since the seventies, you wont see anymore the big barges laden with hundreds of wine barrels or other goods.
The Canal de la Robine has been built in the old bed of the Aude River, which flowed here in the middle age and was stepped over by ?le Pont des Marchands?, a inhabited bridge with 7 arches; since building of the canal, one arch is sufficient to step over the canal (picture 5), and the other arches became cellars for the houses built (Google earth inset on picture 5) on the bridge; of course, wine cellars. . . .
By the way, the famous Canal du Midi is UNESCO world heritage, and as Canal de la Robine is part of the Canal du Midi system, it is World heritage too!
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