CANAL DU MIDI, LANGUEDOC, SOUTH FRANCE

HOLIDAY HOMES

Le Pin Sucre
Capestang

Sleeps 8. Garden. Pool
Wifi Internet
Surrounded by vineyards - walk to restaurant on Canal

Pied a Terre, Olonzac
Balcony. Pool.
Garden. Sleeps 2

Le Gabachou, Bram
4 gite rentals. Pool.
Garden. Sleeps 2 - 5

Les Rosiers, near Ventenac
Sleeps 10. Swimming Pool.
Internet. Satellite TV
Walk to restaurant

Charming Village House, Poilhes
Close to restaurants, and Med. Sleeps 4 plus child

Domaine St Pierre de Trapel
Carcassonne

Swimming Pool. B & B, Gites

La Maison d'Oc,
Carcassonne

Swimming Pool. B & B, Gites

Belle Bize,
Bize Minervois

Natural Swimming Pool.
Sleeps 6. Long term rental

Saint Joseph,
near Capestang

Surrounded by vineyards.
Sleeps 2. Terrace

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The Canal du Midi, near Trebes and Carcassonne

Canal du Midi Maps

Castenaudary to Carcassonne Canal du Midi Map
Carcassonne to Poilhes (also Narbonne) Canal du Midi Map
Poilhes to Beziers to Sete Canal du Midi Map
Sete to Aigues Mortes to Saint Gilles Canal du Rhone Map

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Introduction to the Canal du Midi
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Languedoc, South France


Be seduced by the Canal du Midi, built from 1666, by up to 12,000 men, crossing rivers, tunnelling through hills, irrigated from the mysterious Montagne Noir, with grace and beauty that lives on to this day. It runs 235 kilometers, requires over 100 locks. It is a love affair of man, nature, and engineering. The canal was created by Riquet, the tax farmer for Languedoc who wanted to join the economies of the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. He sacrificed everything to make sure of its completion - even using his daughters' dowries for the cause.

From the handsome city of Toulouse to the port of Sete, the canal cuts masterfully with grace and physical agility through the Southern France. Villages and towns reaped profit from its golden days, in grand homes, houses, chateaux that brace the waters edge. Now canal boats cruise full of tourists and leisure seekers where king fishers and bright birds sing. Lock keeper houses some still keep the keepers, whilst others have been opened up as restaurants, art galleries, and holiday homes.

TAKE A SHORT TRIP ALONG THE CANAL DU MIDI

Start the Canal du Midi guide at Sete where the canal opens onto the Mediterranean. Then to Agde, with its fortress church, small village streets, past the thriving town of Beziers famous for bullfights in the Summer and its Flower Market, on past to the incredible 13th century Etang de Montady, with nearby Roman oppidum. Squeeze under canal bridges such as at Capestang with its muscular village church, and Sunday market, and stop the night under trees. Then take a side trip, down the Canal de Jonction to Salleles d'Aude, through the 1780's Ecluse de Gailhousty with dry dock, on the Canal de la Robine, to Narbonne with Cathedral, shops, and a huge outdoor Market. Yearning for bathing and beaches? go on to where the canal skirts the Mediterranean.

Back on the Canal du Midi, stop in and taste the wine, as at Ventenac, cross over the oldest canal bridge in the world at Pont Canal du Repudre, glide past bluff top villages like Paraza, and sleepy Minervois villages of Roubia, and Argens Minervois, through graceful locks near Homps and be enchanted by master surrealist wood sculptures near Puicheric.

There are still more wonders and magic at every turn, visit Trebes, with Medieval paintings at the church then - Carcassonne - the Medieval castle and city featured in many a movie, Castelnaudary where the valley widens, and finally to Toulouse, full of wild exuberance, and colorful nightlife.

CANAL BOAT HIRE

Canal du Midi Boat Rentals
Book a boat rental for 2015 at up to 20% off 2014 prices
. Boats can be rented at 6 ports on the Canal du Midi. Book NOW

Hotel Barges
Take all inclusive guided tours for a week on the Canal

BOATS FOR SALE

Canal boats

PROPERTIES FOR SALE

Canalside property near Carcassonne

Home Hunters

HF Immo

Hamiltons

Belle Aude

Own Direct

Canal du Midi Properties

RESTAURANTS

Au Lavoir
Colombiers, nr Beziers

Le Tournebelle
Narbonne - Gruissan

O Soleil
Marseillan

Le Comptoir Nature
Le Somail

La Restanque
Argeliers

La Guingette
Argens

Café du Port
Paraza

La Fourchette Folle
Roubia.

L'Auberge de la Croisade
Port Seriege, near Cruzy

Chez Philippe
Marseillan

Maguelone
Aigues Mortes

Le Moulin de Trebes
Trebes