Boating holidays in the South West of France

This region boasts 300 km of navigable waterways on 3 rivers (Baïse, Lot and Tarn), and 2 canals, all rich in history. The region offers a rich cultural heritage and a variety of landscapes that will delight visitors. Food-lovers should note that it has an outstanding reputation for its gastronomy and wine production.

During your boating holiday, from Agen, you can admire the 549 m long Agen canal bridge with its 23 arches. And if you fancy going back in time with some medieval art, why not visit the famous 11th century Moissac Abbey: it is one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles in France with its extraordinary Romanesque sculptures.

To enjoy the natural attractions of a lush green region, follow the Baïse. Enjoy a spot of fishing alongside fortified towns and gently sloping hillsides. In Nérac, history lovers and other curious visitors can discover Henri IV’s château, built in the 15th century on the foundations of an old Gascon fort by Albret le Grand, Henri IV’s greatgreat-grandfather.

Please note that you can’t cruise downstream Lot from our south western departure bases


South West of France map


Gascony, Lot, Baïse, TarnStart bases: AGEN, VALENCE SUR BAÏSE

Canal cruise in the South West of France

Canal Latéral à la Garonne, Lot, Baïse, Tarn

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Things to see in South West

  • Fishing from your self-drive boat

    Penichette cruising in the heart of natureCarps, roach, white bleaks, eels, white fish, pikes, poles, perches: A cruise in the South West of France has a lot to offer for occasional as well as true passionate fishermen.

    There will be for every taste From sporting fishing to a more relaxed one, there is fishing for everyone’s level. You will be close to the wildlife all day… Before meeting around a tasty treat! To be able to fish, you will need a licence. This licence is priced at € 30 for 7 days and can be purchased at our base. It is valid for all rivers whatever area you spend your holiday.

    More information on the fishing license: (website in French)

  • Pujols

    The beautiful village of Pujols in the south west of francePerched on top of a hill overlooking the Lot valley, this ancient Albi stronghold has survived centuries and wars without losing its medieval appearance: the ruins of the walls and the castle, fortified gates etc.

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  • The Agen Aqueduct

    Locaboat self-drive hire-boat, crossing the bridge near Agens, south west FranceThe first stone for the Agen Aqueduct was laid in 1839 by the Duke of Orléans. Construction took 10 years and was plagued by interruptions and difficulties. Built entirely from Quercy stone, it is the largest aqueduct in France in terms of size. The waterway measures 8.82 m and is flanked by two towpaths which allow cruising in only one direction, crossing the Garonne near Agen.

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