Canal du Midi

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Ca·nal du Mi·di

(kä-näl′ do͞o mē-dē′)
A canal in southern France, about 240 km (150 mi) long, connecting the Garonne River to the Gulf of Lion near Montpellier. Completed in 1681, the canal permitted shipment of goods between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, bypassing the Iberian Peninsula and Gibraltar.
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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 itself).
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.