The Canal du Midi is an event in itself. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The bridges, locks and other engineering works along its route are astonishingly beautiful, as are the landscapes that it passes through. You might also like to know that this region is home to many festivals that will make your cruising holiday even more fun. Because they are conveniently located along the canals, these events are easy to get to by using the many mooring points on the Canal du Midi!
On 27 April 2014, one of the first events for this spring, the “Palaeontology Day” takes place in the village of Cruzy, just a few cable-lengths from the Canal du midi, Here you will find an excavation going on and a variety of activities and entertainments for all ages. At around the same time, from 24 to 27 April 2014, Béziers will be celebrating its patron saint, Saint Aphrodise. This is a great occasion to discover the area’s local white wine and to take part in all sorts of festivities: dancing, discovering local flavours, music and lectures.
If you are travelling with children on one of the long weekends in May there are several activities that they might enjoy. From 23 to 25 May 2014 Narbonne will be hosting the “Children’s Literature Festival”. So your kids can go to sleep aboard their canal barge after listening to a few new stories.
You could also take them to the “Flora’Caves” at the Whitsun long weekend, a brightly-coloured and highly-scented festival of plants and flowers. This show will include flower display competitions, street entertainments, displays of vintage cars, exhibitions, a gourmet market and much more.
A little later in the season, beginning in June and continuing throughout the summer, the villages that are members of the federation of municipalities composed of Castelnaudary, Lauragais and Audois (all famous for their cassoulet!) will be organising, every Thursday evening from 18:30 to 23:00, evening markets devoted to local produce and arts and crafts.
In the same spirit and during the same season, you could also enjoy “A Drink by the Canal”, on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 18:00 in the small village of Capestang. The programme includes wine tastings and sampling local produce. A nice addition to the joys of canal boat holidays !
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