Imagine being on a boat, traveling across this magical canal that joins together the incredible waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, while you’re admiring the stunning aesthetics made up between nature and the awesome architecture made by men throughout different decades. Canal du Midi, one of Europe’s greatest engineer wonders, its soft waters will take you through landscapes, villages, and towns that are typically French.
Your journey will start from Toulouse, where you will be going through the lovely town of Castelnaudary, where you will find terracotta tiles from the houses that emerge impressively out of the waters to the spectacular glory of the cathedral with its huge spire. Now you’re in the heart of Cathar country and you can see its beautiful castles standing there against the skyline, if you want you can visit them.
Heading to the east, the kind wind will make the waters take you to an open country and a series of locks, this scenery will make you feel like you’re inside of a tale from another era because you will be going through the romantic tree-lined at Bram. Each lock offers the chance to take a break to drink some coffee, and the longer ones are good for mooring overnight to enjoy the boat’s rocking motion that will make you sleep like a baby.
After Bram, you will find one of the gems of the whole journey, the breathtaking medieval city of Carcassonne with its well-known ramparts. From this point, the canal will follow the path of the Aude River and it will take you to the most typical French terrain, where you will find: vineyards, regimented planes, poplar and cypress trees. Once you get to the final of the Aude River, you will be heading north to the village of Le Somail with its adorable ivy covering the cottage walls, the old medieval church, and some wonderful waterside restaurants.
The canal will effortlessly take you from Carcassonne to La Croisade, then to Capestang and Poilhes. After you go through Poilhes, you will pass the edge of the Etang de Montady. You will know that your journey is coming to an end when you arrive in the last big population of the canal, the beautiful city of Béziers. During the last day of your journey, the canal will guide you through the old port of Agde, where you will see a fleet made up of colorful fishing boats.
How can you get there?
A huge variety of international airlines fly to Toulouse, and in there you will see that different companies along the canal rent boats for different amounts of time. It’s important for you to know that you don’t need a license for renting a boat and the hire company will teach you how to control a vessel, but if you prefer having someone else to drive then, you can have a professional pilot.
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