TAKE A SHORT INTRODUCTORY TRIP ALONG THE CANAL DU MIDI
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, 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, glide past bluff top villages like Paraza, 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 - Carcassonne - the Medieval castle and city featured in many a movie, as well as the center for a phenomenal summer festival, with fireworks, and rock concerts by international stars (past concerts have included Bob Dylan, etc) and the canal continues onto Castelnaudary, renowned for the stick to your ribs cassoulet (beans, ham, plus whatever there is in the fridge!) where the valley widens, and finally to Toulouse, full of wild exuberance, and colorful nightlife.
Castenaudary - Carcassonne
Carcassonne - Narbonne - Poilhes
Poilhes - Beziers - Sete
Sete - Aigues Mortes - Saint Gilles
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