Tourists flock to picturesque Carcassonne to see two UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Canal du Midi
and the medieval city itself.
Pierre-Paul Riquet was the local hero from Beziers whose feat of engineering would overcome the lack of water supply needed for the Canal du Midi
. The 330-year-old canal is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.
There were flatscreen televisions in every cabin, independent air conditioning in each room, an on-deck barbecue and shower, as well as plenty of deck space up top to enjoy the French summer along the beautiful Canal du Midi
, Europe's oldest and largest man-made waterway.
Even better, the spectacular medieval walled city of Carcassonne, a World Heritage Site (like the Canal du Midi
The best route into Carcassonne is by employing pedal power along the banks of the Canal du Midi
, which stretches 240 kilometres across the south of the country.
Capestang hangs to on the side of the picturesque Canal Du Midi
where we had a wonderfully relaxing barge trip.
I promise you will want to linger at L'epilogue, but leave time in the day to visit the intriguing Maison de la Violette, a traditional 1930s barge anchored on the Canal du Midi
, now classified as a world heritage site by Unesco.
The best place to see the full range is at La Maison de la Violette, a shop in a large boat moored on the Canal du Midi
Having fallen in love with France earlier this year when I set sail on Canal du Midi
, I was keen to return and explore other areas of this beautiful country.
A visit to the Canal Du Midi
, a triumph of 17th century engineering which links the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, is a must.
Wine lovers and foodies waiting for Rick Stein's new French Odyssey can book their own self-drive cruiser on the Canal du Midi
with Crown Blue Line and take the same route.
You could also explore the Canal Du Midi
by cabin cruiser, with a delicious meal served along the way.