Destinations and circuits

Midi and Camargue

Discover the Canal du Midi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Bassin de Thau and sail through the heart of the Camargue, stopping off for a dip.

Whatever your itinerary, you will travel through some exceptional cities: The area around Carcassonne, with its towers and battlements, gives a real feel of the south, with fortified towns of white stone and historic villages like Trèbes or Puicheric.
Medieval villages, Roman churches (Baraigne and Cazalrenoux), abbeys (St Papoul) and isolated monasteries are dotted around and provide a rhythm to your holiday.

Narbonne, the former Roman town of Gaulle, Béziers and its cathedral, Saintes Maries de la Mer and the magnificent Saint Gilles abbey are just the start of your holiday.

Midi Lauragais Start base: NÉGRA

Circuit Midi Lauragais

Canal du Midi, Canal latéral à la Garonne

From Négra, first stop of the “Packet Boat” linking Toulouse and Agde in the 19th century, the Canal du Midi enables you to cruise between the splendid medieval city of Carcassonne, one of the largest fortresses in Europe, and Castelnaudary, once the biggest merchant port between Toulouse and the Mediterranean in the heyday of this three centuries-old canal.

Before Montech, a delightful little town which was built as a walled town in the 12th century, you will undoubtedly stop at Toulouse. 

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Midi Minervois Start base: ARGENS

Circuit Saone Lyonnais

Canal du Midi, Bassin de Thau

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 great plane trees, you’ll make the acquaintance of a 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. The 52 turrets and double ring of walls of the largest medieval fortress in Europe, proudly overlook the new town below.

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CamargueStart base: LATTES

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Canal du Rhône à Sète, le Lez, Bassin 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. From Lattes, just outside Montpellier, enjoy the bathing at Palavas les Flots.

On the Bassin 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 head 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.

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Things to see in Midi & Camargue

  • Minervois vineyard

    vignobles minervoisClinging to the lower slopes of the Black Mountain, the Minervois is recognized as an AOC since 1985. Stretching about 50 kilometres from east to west and around 30 from north to south, the climate gradually changes from oceanic to typically Mediterranean. The altitude can vary from 50 metres by the banks of the Midi canal and Aude river to over 500 metres on the lower mountainsides.

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  • Bouzigues oysters

    The village of Bouzigues is the cradle of the oyster farming on Etang de Thau since 1925. Today, the annual production of oysters amounts to 12 000 tons in Etang de Thau. The local oyster is a hollow oyster appreciated (estimated) by the connoisseurs everywhere in Europe. It has a very iodized, characteristic taste. Do not miss the oyster fair in Bouzigues the second weekend of August every year. You can also visit the Museum of Etang de Thau, located on the fishing port of Bouzigues to learn more about local traditions and history.


     
  • City of Carcassonne

    Carcassonne2The Medieval city, on the right bank of the Aude, is part of the UNESCO world heritage. It is a unique medieval ensemble in Europe due to its size and its state of preservation. Its history is marked by 2000 years of conquests, the imprint of the Catharism and the crusades.

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  • La Petite Camargue

    La petite CamargueTaking the Canal du Rhône à Sète from Lattes towards Aigues Mortes, you enter the wild and seductive landscape of the “Petite Camargue”.

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  • The heritage

    The heritageAs well as the medieval towns, Cathar villages, chateaux and abbeys along your route, did you know that the canal itself is classified an outstanding monument in its own right?

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