Along the Canal du Midi…

Work of 240 km in length, powered by a highly sophisticated system, the « Canal du Midi » presents the oldest inventions in terms of hydraulic control and works of art: almost 350 locks, bridges, aqueduct, outlets, some which haven’t been modified since their origin; a towpath lined with trees, allowing multiple outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking.

This unique architectural heritage is the work of Pierre-Paul Riquet, who convinced Colbert, and then Louis XIV, of the technical possibility to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea, and proved that the waters of the Black Mountain would be enough to feed the canal.

The river cruise is an important activity in the department of Aude. The « Canal du Midi » and the « Canal de la Robine », listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, favour an original discovery of these places that are among the finest and most authentic of France.


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