Enjoy the Canal du Midi during your camping stay in L'Aude
Close to our campsite in the Aude, there is a marvel listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. What's his name? The Canal du Midi, a 240 km long waterway linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Designed by Pierre-Paul Riquet under the orders of Louis XIV in the 17th century, this major project, which lasted more than 14 years, revolutionized river transport in the region. Indeed, the transport of goods and people has developed rapidly thanks to the implementation of this crazy project linking Toulouse to Sète. The Canal du Midi, which was called the Royal Canal du Languedoc before the French Revolution, is now being replaced by tourists and other boaters who have come to enjoy its many benefits. Why not you?
A boat cruise on the Canal du Midi
Surrender to the charm of a run-of-river trip by renting a boat or by offering yourself a barge cruise accompanied by a guide who will reveal all the secrets of the Canal du Midi. Your walk will be an opportunity to discover Languedoc-Roussillon in a very original and relaxing way. During your cruise, you will be able to contemplate the fauna and flora of the surroundings of the Canal du Midi but also the beautiful structures such as the Malpas tunnel or the 9 locks of Fonseranes. A peaceful and pleasant trip to do with family or friends during your camping stay in the Aude.
Route of the Canal du Midi by foot or by bike
Boat trips are not the only way to enjoy the Canal du Midi. So you can choose perfectly to go for a bike ride or a walk by the water. You will discover the varied landscapes of the Aude, Haute-Garonne and Hérault, all crossed by this historic canal. No need to be a great sportsman for a bike ride along the Canal du Midi. The terrain is not hilly and you will enjoy shady paths, which is always pleasant on days when the sun is strong. In addition, rental companies allow you to rent your bike at a point A to return it at a point B. During your excursion, you will easily pass the barges sailing peacefully on the canal as well as the fishermen who came to catch perch, pike-perch and pike-perch. Whatever the means of transport, visiting the Canal du Midi is also about taking the time to stop in the surrounding villages to eat with a local dish and taste a local wine. In short, to be nourished by its history and heritage in every sense of the word!
The cities crossed by the Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi crosses many exceptional cities where it is good to stop:
- Toulouse for its famous Place du Capitole or the Basilica of Saint-Serin.
- Carcassonne and its superb medieval city that will take you back in time.
- Narbonne for the Merchant's Bridge and the Canal de la Robine connected to the Canal du Midi, which also promises beautiful walks.
- Béziers and its Saint-Nazaire cathedral or the Béziers Aventures park for children.
- Agde for these famous beaches and its charming city centre.
- Sète for a stroll in the port and obviously the pond of Thau which marks the mouth of the Canal du Midi at Marseillan.
You have chosen to do the Canal du Midi by bike (or on foot for the bravest)? Or just a little way? Feel free to stop by our campsite in Lézignan-Corbières !