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Le Canal du Midi

- En occitall, l'obra se ditz la canal de Riquet -

carte canal du midi entière

double ecluse canal du midi e brendle bateau

A little bit of history :

The Canal du Midi has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996. An outstanding monument for its technical, architectural and landscaping features, the canal is above all a "utilitarian" construction designed and built by Pierre-Paul Riquet in order to promote exchanges. This brochure invites you to better understand how the Canal du Midi fits into an inhabited area.

carte canal du midi olonzac

double ecluse canal du midi e brendle

The Canal du Midi is fed by a network of watercourses in the Montagne Noire, supplemented by water intakes in the Fresquel, Aude, Orb and Hérault rivers... The supply system of the Canal du Midi imagined by Riquet is simple, but very ingenious...

double ecluse canal du midi e brendle paysage

A peaceful place

Thanks to boat rental, everyone can be a captain for a week, a day or an hour.
No need for a licence or experience, a few explanations, and off you go! It's as easy as that!
Well, almost. Beginners may have a few surprises: so, in order to navigate with confidence, it is best to follow the navigation rules.


Stroll along the banks

On foot or on a bike 

It is possible to follow the Canal du Midi along its entire length, from Toulouse to Marseillan, through the 240km (149.1miles).
This is way to discover the region which is very popular with families who come to explore the surrounding area and for experienced sports people. Walk along the flowery and shady banks of the Canal.

With a boat 

One of the most beautiful ways to explore the Canal is to take a boat and let yourself be carried away by the rhythm of the water. For a few hours or a few days, discover the locks of the Canal.

Adapted exctract from "Canal du midi, ligne de vies"

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