Sallèles d’Aude is a traditional vineyard village which lies halfway between the Black Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The Canal de Jonction, which links the Canal du Midi to Narbonne and the Mediterranean, passes through the centre of the village and provides walks, cycle paths and many opportunities for fishing.
The village has a choice of bars and restaurants, a good selection of small shops, a petrol station, a Post Office and an ATM machine for cash withdrawals.
The surrounding region of Languedoc Roussillon has many attractions and some of these are listed below:
The city of Carcassonne, with all its medieval splendour is a must visit site and is a short drive away from our Bed and Breakfast.
The city of Narbonne is even older than Carcassone, dating back to Roman times and you can still see parts of the Domitian Way (an ancient Roman road) in the city. It has many interesting streets and shops, with a throng of cafes alongside the canal. There is the open air market but also Les Halles, a covered market full of tempting food smells
The Mediterranean Sea is just 30 minutes drive away and there are many excellent beaches – from Narbonne Plage, Cap d’Agde and Sete to quieter beaches at Gruissan, Marseillan and Leucate.
If you are looking to go cycling while you are here, or if you are planning a cycling holiday with us as a stopover, then take a look at Mellow Velos. They provide cycles, give you route maps, pick you and the bikes up and drop you off where you want – they offer a very flexible and helpful service. Their site is in both French and English.
A favourite activity with our family is canoeing. There are many rivers in this area offering the activity – you hire a canoe for the day and they transport you to the start of the course, leaving your car at the booking station. We have had many happy hours paddling down the River Orb – and occasionally falling in the water. We used the company Canoë Roquebrun but you can find out about other rivers and other canoe centres on the Rivières de France web site.
The nearest ski centre is at Camurac – it has 16 downhill pistes and 14 km of cross-country ski tracks. It is about a 2 hour drive from Sallèles d’Aude.
Wine tasting is a must in this region of France, the country’s biggest wine producing area. Local wines are Minervois, Fitou, Corbieres, St Chinian and Faugeres. But the village itself boasts its own wine producer – Les Sept Ecluses down on the Quai de Lorraine.
There is a bus that runs into Narbonne each day but it is very limited – take a look at the timetable