From Argens

Self-drive boat hire on the Canal du Midi

Departing from our base in Argens Minervois, you could either cruise towards the legendary citadel of Carcassonne or pass through some charming villages and maybe spend the night in the famous towns of Béziers or Narbonne.

Self-drive boat holidays on the Canal du Midi in a few words…

Under the shade of great plane trees, you’ll enjoy a rich regional cuisine of succulent dishes and magnificent wines. Before you arrive in Carcassonne with its crenelated towers, you will already have got a taste of the South with its large white stone fortified towns, and its medieval villages like the ones at Trèbes or Puicheric. Before you reach the junction for Port la Nouvelle, you will go under Le Somail bridge. Narbonne was the biggest Roman city in Gaul. There you can find one of Europe’s last five bridges lined with old and still inhabited houses. In the centre of the town, the Palais des Archevêques and Saint-Just cathedral make up an exceptional ensemble. At Béziers the Gothic cathedral of St. Nazaire towers over the hometown of Pierre Paul Riquet. It is time to go and have a swim in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

The port at Argens on the Canal du Midi

The
highlights of Argens Minervois

  • Few locks and glorious landscapes: perfect for your first time in a hired boat
  • Routes that pass through Le Somail, with its many terraces by the Canal du Midi, are ideal for those travelling as a couple

our routes departing from Argens Minervois

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

Fortress and Middle Ages

Waterway Canal du Midi
Itinerary ArgensPuichéric Marseillette Trèbes Carcassonne Argens

Waterway

Canal du Midi

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Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
3h30 / day
Distance traveled
92 km return trip
Number of locks
34
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Puichéric

In the heart of the Minervois vineyards, you could moor your canal boat at the village of Puichéric and enjoy visiting the church of Notre Dame, a listed historic monument.

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Trèbes

While enjoying your boating holidays on the Canal du Midi, stop at the delightful little town of Trèbes, where you can admire its aqueduct/bridge and its church, both listed monuments.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Europe’s biggest medieval fortress. Its 52 towers stand proud above the lower town. All boating holidays on the Canal du Midi should include this city!

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Sunbathe on the canals

Waterway Canal du Midi
Itinerary ArgensLe Somail CapestangArgens

Waterway

Canal du Midi

Itinerary

Argens...Argens
Duration of stay
Week-end
Navigation time
5h / day
Distance traveled
74 km return trip
Number of locks
2
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Le Somail

The village of Le Somail is a 'must-see' on your canal boat cruise. Explore its little terraces along the Canal du Midi, the grocery barge or the second-hand bookseller – a big attraction for rare book hunters.

Capestang

Capestang is a delightful little village that has everything you need to stop for the night on your cruise You'll also find shops and a market surrounding the collegiate church.

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The antique cities

Waterway Canal du Midi
Itinerary ArgensLe Somail NarbonneCapestangBéziersArgens

Waterway

Canal du Midi

Itinerary

Argens...Argens
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h30 / day
Distance traveled
134 km return trip
Number of locks
40
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Le Somail

The village of Le Somail is a 'must-see' on your canal boat cruise. Explore its little terraces along the Canal du Midi, the grocery barge or the second-hand bookseller – a big attraction for rare book hunters.

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Narbonne

Capestang

Capestang is a delightful little village that has everything you need to stop for the night on your cruise You'll also find shops and a market surrounding the collegiate church.

Béziers

Sometimes called France’s oldest town, Béziers is a popular stopover for canal boats and is packed with history and culture. Rugby, wine and bullfighting festivals are also important features of life in the town.

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If you want to book this cruise
Browse online the availabilities

our boats available

Departing from our Argens base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Argens Minervois

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS
Port Occitanie
11200 – Argens-Minervois
FRANCE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+ 33 (0) 4 68 27 03 33

argens-minervois@locaboat.com

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