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!