Le canal du Midi
Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, it is a way of water created by hands of men. It is about the Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mer.
In the arid earth of Aude, the beneficent water of the Channel descends while snaking of the Montagne Noire and comes to irrigate the plain of the Lauragais, then the domains of Corbières and the Minervois.
Many hundred-year-old trees spread a thick protection to the smarting rays of the summer sun.
It is a havre of peace and back to the sources where it makes good pass in lover or between friends some days of beneficial rest.
The Channel stakes out three rich regions in history, in culture and in authenticity.
The nautical stops and the harbors permit between Sète and Bordeaux to moor its boat and to bicycles, to browse the neighboring regions.
The visitors come by the road have in thread of Ariane, the freeway of the Canal des Deux Mers that tether from end to end, the Channel.
That part of France is famous for its climate, for its vineyards and its gastronomy.
Beyond Sète, by the Canal du Petit Rhone that is part of the Canal des Deux Mers, it is possible to go until Beaucaire while crossing the Camargue.
One can also borrow the Robine and can take down until Port La Nouvelle, in the middle of the big pines sunshades.
Toward the west, on the Mediterranean side, one will join the millrace of sharing while passing by the Country Cathar loaded of history.
The millrace of sharing of waters and the obelisk raised to the memory of Pierre-Paul Riquet, its inventor, nest in the middle of a lush nature between plain and small hills, first buttresses of the Central Massif.
From this place, the navigator or the hiker will pass on the Atlantic side. With the crossing of Toulouse, pink city, city of culture, capital of the Occitanie, it enters in the Valley of the Garonne.
The Basin of the mouth marks the beginning of the " Lateral in the Garonne ". Straighter, it permits to cross in border the Pays de Fronton and Lomagne, Saint Sardos and Moissac, then of Buzet, of the Bas Quercy offering the grapevines by turns as far as visible, the grove and the small hills and the orchards constantly renewed of this earth, oh how much generous.
With the coming down in rivers on the Tarn, on the Garonne, on the Lot and the Baïse, the whole basin fluvial West south is accessible from the Canal des Deux Mers.
People come from all over the world to know this titanic work, to taste the restful charm of the fluvial navigation, of the pedestrian hike or in VTT along the towpaths.