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Canal du Midi

From Carcassonne to the Mediterranean
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel cycling, luggage transported
  • canalside paths, olive groves and vineyards
  • explore Carcassonne, Roman towns and pretty villages
  • enjoy wine tastings
  • finish by the glittering Mediterranean

The southern region of Languedoc-Roussillon is famed for its balmy Mediterranean climate and the many excellent vineyards which thrive in the rolling countryside of pretty villages, historic churches and towering cypress trees. Independent for many centuries, the locals speak a distinctive Provençal patois and defend their culture and heritage with pride and passion. Cutting through this neat and productive landscape is another source of great pride, the incredible Canal du Midi, built by Pierre-Paul Riquet, Baron de Bonrepos, in the 17th century during the reign of King Louis XIV.

We had enjoyed many stunning maritime views along this overlooked stretch of the Mediterranean near Narbonne, but our ‘coral sea’ at the Salins de Gruissan complex topped them all.
     
The Guardian

Explore the wide valley of the River Aude and sections of the Canal du Midi on this wonderful route that offers ample time to veer away into the low-lying hills and quiet valleys to discover medieval villages, Roman towns and picturesque olive groves. The route begins in the incredible walled city of Carcassonne and concludes by the glistening waters of the Mediterranean.

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