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Discover the Canal du Midi

  • Etape 1 Toulouse
  • Étape 2 Port-Lauragais
  • Étape 3 Le partage des eaux
  • Étape 4 Les sources du Canal du Midi
  • Étape 5 Port de Castelnaudary
  • Étape 6 Port de Bram
  • Étape 7 Carcassonne
  • Etape 1 / Toulouse From the canal du Midi to the Garonne river

     

    In Toulouse, the canal du Midi connects to the Canal lateral à la Garonne, allowing you to continue the ride up to Bordeaux !

     

  • Étape 2 / Port-Lauragais Exhibition «canal du Midi»

    When you go to Port-Lauragais, visit the exhibition "Canal du Midi". Free entry!

    The learning panels, interactive models and showcases presented in this 200 m² space reveal all the secrets of the canal, from its construction to its exploitation.

    It is a playful and informative tour that is proposed to you!


  • Étape 2 / Port-Lauragais A marina in Lauragais

    This small marina has arranges about fifteen moorings. It is the departure point of the 49 km cycle path that goes along the canal du Midi up to Toulouse. Port-Lauragais is located on the motorway rest area with the same name, between Villefranche-de-Lauragais and Castelnaudary.

    Cruises on the canal, boats for rent, tourist informations, and even a free exhibition… there are many ways to discover the canal du Midi!

  • Étape 3 / Le partage des eaux The Seuil de Naurouze

    Naurouze is the iconic place of the canal du Midi : it’s here that the waters coming from the Black Mountain  are divided between the Atlantic and Mediterranean to form the canal du Midi.

     

     

  • Étape 3 / Le partage des eaux Ségala harbor

    Close to the Seuil de Naurouze, Labastide-d’Anjou’s hamlet “Le Ségala” was founded during the construction of the canal du Midi. The terrace of the restaurant “Le Relais de Riquet” is situated on the waterfront of the canal. This charming little harbor is the first place where you can stop after the water divide coming from Toulouse.

     

    In the centre of the hamlet, the tile-making factory reminds us of the ancestral tradition of pottery, typical of the Lauragais.

  • Étape 4 / Les sources du Canal du Midi The plain canal

    Dug out in the 17th century, the canal running through the Revel plain carries mountain water from the Sor into the Lake at St Ferréol. 

    Without this hydraulic system created by Pierre Paul Riquet during the reign of Louis XIV, the Canal du Midi would never have been able to link Toulouse with the Mediterranean.

  • Étape 4 / Les sources du Canal du Midi The water intake point of Alzeau and the Mountain Canal

    The springs of the canal du Midi are located in the heart of the Black Mountain. In the 17th century, Pierre Paul Riquet identified the power of the small mountain streams so that collectively they could be used to generate a supply of water to the Canal du Midi. He realizes his "Great Work" and thus unites the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean.

     

  • Étape 4 / Les sources du Canal du Midi St Ferréol lake

     

    St Ferréol lake is the main reservoir for the canal du Midi. It  prevents the canal du Midi from water level irregularities caused from fluctuating rainfalls in the Black Mountains.

  • Étape 4 / Les sources du Canal du Midi The "Musée et Jardins du canal du Midi"

    You can learn everything about the canal du Midi visiting the Musée et Jardins du canal du Midi.

    The gardens and the museum will be a delight for young and grown up.

     

     

    You can learn everything about the canal du Midi visiting the Musée et Jardins du canal du Midi.

    The gardens and the museum will be a delight for young and grown up.

  • Étape 5 / Port de Castelnaudary Castelnaudary Harbour

    There are about thirty berths at the dock, year-round services, labeled Pavillon Bleu and it's two minute walk from the city center !

     

  • Étape 5 / Port de Castelnaudary 4 Canal Locks of St Roch

    With the 4 locks St Roch, cross a vertical drop of 10 meters ! After the “Grand Bassin” of Castelnaudary, you arrive at the four consecutive locks of St Roch.

    In May 1787, Thomas Jefferson, future president of the United States, traveled on the canal du Midi. In front of the sheaves of water coming from the opening of the gates of Saint-Roch locks, it is said that he described it as “so beautiful that one imagined oneself at Versailles!”

     

  • Étape 5 / Port de Castelnaudary The "Grand Bassin"

    The Grand Bassin is a privileged place for a stroll. Between the trees and the water, walkers can benefit from the most beautiful city view:  from the old  seventeenth century bridge to the 4 locks St Roch

     

  • Étape 6 / Port de Bram Bram Harbour

    Last stop of the canal du Midi in Lauragais, the “Port-Canal” of Bram is a nice nature break. Boat and bike rental, restaurant with terrace make it a place of relaxation and a very popular walking spot.

    Built at the end of the 18th century, this stop used to serve as intermediate control of navigation rights. It hosts every summer part of the Convivencia Festival.

     

  • Étape 7 / Carcassonne The canal du Midi in the medieval city

    The Medieval City of Carcassonne is the largest fortified city in Europe. Discover its history, marked by 2000 years of conquest and by the imprint of Catharism and the Crusades.