Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean sea

The Midi in the south of France

The Midi canal was built in the 17th century. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and among the most popular routes here in France. Step back in time as you explore the ancient trading ports and medieval towns and villages.

Built during the 17th century, the Canal du Midi, also known as the Canal des Deux Mers, is one of the oldest man-made waterways in Europe. At 360km long, the Canal du Midi was built to link the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is fed by the waters of the Black Mountain. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Southern France, runs from Toulouse in the west to the Mediterranean port of Sète in the east.

Shaded by plane trees lining its banks, the Canal du Midi’s green waters wind through the beautiful countryside, past fields of sunflowers and the vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Explore the busy port-town of Béziers and enjoy the stunning views from the former cathedral of Saint-Nazaire, perched on a hilltop. To the west, at Fonseranes, you will find the marvellous flight of seven locks. See the world’s oldest canal tunnel at Malpas, and discover the exciting village of Capestang with its lovely, floodlit St. Etienne Cathedral. Detour to Narbonne to see the impressive cathedral and Archbishop's Palace. Famous for its medieval fortress set high on a hill with drawbridges, towers and cobbled streets, Carcassonne is unmissable. The medieval town of Castelnaudary is also worth exploring. It was built around a castle in the 12th century and was the birthplace of cassoulet, a meat and beans dish named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked.

Browse the traditional markets for a selection of local cheeses and enjoy tasting the wines of the region. The Canal du Midi passes through the wine-growing areas of the Languedoc, the Herault, the Aude, Minervois and Corbières.

Basking in warm sunshine almost all year round, a cruise along the Canal du Midi is an ideal holiday for sun-seekers! Air-conditioned boats are advisable in July or August as temperatures can be high.

A perfect boating holiday for experienced and first-time cruisers alike, this beautiful and tranquil waterway, with relaxed cruising through unique oval locks, stands testament to the technical mastery of its architects.

More information on the UNESCO site

Waterways in this region

The Canal du Midi, the Canal de la Robine, the canal latéral à la Garonne, the Canal de Jonction, Etang de Thau

Hotel barges

6 hotel barge cruises

Alegria
Midi Canal

Alegria

4 guests

Beziers and Puicheric

Anjodi
Midi Canal

Anjodi

8 guests

Marseillan to Le Somail

Athos
Midi Canal

Athos

10 guests

Argeliers to Marseillan

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Enchanté
Midi Canal

Enchanté

8 guests

Sallèles d'Aude to Trèbes

Esperance
Midi Canal

Esperance

6 guests

From Portiragnes to Carcassonne

Saraphina
Midi Canal

Saraphina

4 guests

Portiragnes to Homps

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 15 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Europa 400

4 guests

Europa 600

6 guests

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1022FB self-drive

P1022FB

3 guests

P1106 FB self-drive

P1106 FB

7 guests

P1107W self-drive

P1107W

7 guests

P1120R self-drive

P1120R

6 guests

P1165 FB self-drive

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R self-drive

P1260R

10 guests

P1400 FB

10 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P1500 R self-drive

P1500 R

12 guests

P935W self-drive

P935W

5 guests


Nicols

Nicols have 18 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

N DUO self-drive

N DUO

4 guests

N OCTO self-drive

N OCTO

8 guests

N OCTO Fly C self-drive

N OCTO Fly C

10 guests

N PRIMO self-drive

N PRIMO

4 guests

N QUATTRO B self-drive

N QUATTRO B

4 guests

N QUATTRO B + self-drive

N QUATTRO B +

4 guests

N QUATTRO FLY C self-drive

N QUATTRO FLY C

6 guests

N QUATTRO S self-drive

N QUATTRO S

6 guests

N SIXTO self-drive

N SIXTO

8 guests

N SIXTO FLY C self-drive

N SIXTO FLY C

8 guests

N1000 self-drive

N1000

8 guests

N1100 self-drive

N1100

9 guests

N1170 self-drive

N1170

10 guests

N1310 self-drive

N1310

12 guests

N1350 B self-drive

N1350 B

10 guests

N800 self-drive

N800

4 guests

N900 DP self-drive

N900 DP

7 guests


France Afloat

France Afloat have 8 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.


Le Boat

Le Boat have 31 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Calypso self-drive

Calypso

8 guests

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Cirrus A  self-drive

Cirrus A

4 guests

Cirrus B self-drive

Cirrus B

4 guests

Classique self-drive

Classique

8 guests

Classique Star self-drive

Classique Star

10 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Consul self-drive

Consul

4 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Grand Classique self-drive

Grand Classique

12 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 3

7 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Horizon 5

12 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Salsa A

10 guests

Salsa B self-drive

Salsa B

12 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests

Tango self-drive

Tango

6 guests

Vision 3 self-drive

Vision 3

10 guests

Vision 3 SL self-drive

Vision 3 SL

10 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests

Vision 4 SL self-drive

Vision 4 SL

9 guests


Le Boat

Le Boat have 34 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Calypso self-drive

Calypso

8 guests

Caprice self-drive

Caprice

6 guests

Cirrus A  self-drive

Cirrus A

4 guests

Cirrus B self-drive

Cirrus B

4 guests

Classique self-drive

Classique

8 guests

Classique Star self-drive

Classique Star

10 guests

Clipper self-drive

Clipper

6 guests

Consul self-drive

Consul

4 guests

Continentale self-drive

Continentale

6 guests

Corvette A self-drive

Corvette A

4 guests

Corvette B self-drive

Corvette B

4 guests

Countess self-drive

Countess

6 guests

Crusader self-drive

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance self-drive

Elegance

6 guests

Grand Classique self-drive

Grand Classique

12 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 3

7 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Horizon 5

12 guests

Magnifique self-drive

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique self-drive

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Classique self-drive

Royal Classique

6 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Salsa A

10 guests

Salsa B self-drive

Salsa B

12 guests

Sheba self-drive

Sheba

5 guests

Tango self-drive

Tango

6 guests

Vision 2 self-drive

Vision 2

6 guests

Vision 3 self-drive

Vision 3

10 guests

Vision 3 SL self-drive

Vision 3 SL

10 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests

Vision 4 SL self-drive

Vision 4 SL

9 guests


France Passion Plaisance

France Passion Plaisance have 17 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Haines Rive 34 self-drive

Haines Rive 34

6 guests

Haines Rive 40 self-drive

Haines Rive 40

8 guests

La Peniche F self-drive

La Peniche F

12 guests

Nicols 1100 self-drive

Nicols 1100

9 guests

Nicols 1160 self-drive

Nicols 1160

10 guests

Nicols 900 self-drive

Nicols 900

7 guests

Tarpon 32 self-drive

Tarpon 32

8 guests

Tarpon 37 self-drive

Tarpon 37

10 guests

Tarpon 42 self-drive

Tarpon 42

12 guests

Triton 1050 self-drive

Triton 1050

8 guests

Triton 860 Fly self-drive

Triton 860 Fly

3 guests


Canal du Midi

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