Canal Cruising in France
cruising the canal du midi
canal du midi - camargue
most popular canal in france
The Canal du Midi winds gracefully through a typically Mediterranean landscape: vines, cypresses, pine trees and a riot of flowers exude their glorious aroma whilst cicadas and crickets shrill all around. Shaded by plane trees you will journey from town to town, each with its tale to tell from an eventful history. Carcassonne, Béziers, Narbonne and many others invite you to taste mouthwatering regional specialties and such unusual wines as Pacherenc, made from late-picked grapes. To see on the skyline the towers of Carcassonne is a heart-stopping moment, so formidable are the fortifications restored by Viollet le Duc and now granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.
canal du midi - MINERVOIS
Argens - Lattes: 1 week / 10 days
Argens - Negra/ 1 week
Rent a boat in Bram or Argens
Etang de Thau, Canal du Midi From Argens, the Canal du Midi meanders through a typically Mediterranean landscape: vines, cypresses, pine trees and a plethora of flowers scent the air against the background chirping of grasshoppers and cicadas. Under the shade of the great plane trees,you’ll savour the rich regional cuisine of succulent dishes and magnificent wines. Splendidly restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, Carcassonne is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will get a stunning view on the Citadel from your canal barge. The 52 turrets and double ring of walls of the largest medieval fortress in Europe proudly overlook the new town below. Further east, Narbonne was once the largest city in Roman Gaul; in the city center, the Archbishops’ Palace and the Cathedral make up a remarkable architectural ensemble. In Béziers the Gothic cathedral of St Nazaire towers watch over the home town of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the man who built the Canal du Midi. You are just a few miles from the coast so why not get on your bikes and take a swim in the Mediterranean Sea!
canal du midi - camargue
Lattes - Lattes or one way trip to Argens or Negra
Rent a boat in lattes
Canal du Rhône à Sète, le Lez, Etang de Thau, Canal du Midi, Petit Rhône From Cap d’Agde to the Camargue, only a thin strip of white sand separates the Mediterranean Sea from the canals and lagoons that you cruise through with your canal boat. From Lattes, just outside Montpellier, enjoy the bathing at Palavas les Flots. At the edge of the sand and the sea stands the Cathedral of Maguelonne, while in the seaport of Sète canals crisscross the picturesque old town. On the Etang de Thau you follow the channel through the middle of oyster beds to arrive at Agde, originally founded by the ancient Greeks. From Lattes you can cruise instead along the Canal du Rhône à Sète: proudly rising above the lagoons and salt flats of the Midi is the fortified town of Aigues Mortes, founded in 1240 by St Louis. In the “Petite Camargue” you can visit the typical fishing village of Le Grau du Roi, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the splendid abbey church of St-Gilles and Beaucaire with its great keep looking down on a maze of medieval alleys.
canal du midi - Lauragais
Negra - Bram - Argens - Lattes: 1 or 2 weeks.
Rent a boat in negra
Canal du Midi, Canal latéral à la Garonne The Canal du Midi is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and allows you to appreciate the genius of its designer, Pierre-Paul Riquet, while introducing you to three centuries of history. Our new base at BRAM is in an ideal spot, just a few kilometres from Castelnaudary, famed for its cuisine, especially cassoulet (duck confit with beans). As you cruise towards the Mediterranean, you can easily get to Carcassonne. Magnificently restored by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, Carcassonne is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its 52 tall towers, Europe’s largest fortress proudly looms over the lower town. From its double circle of ramparts the view is breathtaking. Further west, from our Négra base, the green canal, fringed with centuries-old plane trees, will take you to Toulouse. The town is known as the Pink City because of the colour of its buildings. The Garonne flows through the city, which has features of outstanding historical interest, including the Romanesque Basilica of Saint-Sernin, one of its finest treasures. The Basilica was first built in 250 AD as a home for the relics of Saint Saturninus and became one of the most important places of pilgrimage in western Europe during the middle ages. Today it is the largest surviving Romanesque church in Europe.