Stretching from the Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic Ocean, there is a man made waterway called Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers.
In the dry Aude department climat the Montagne Noire is the cradle of the canal's water supply system. The water irrigates the Lauragais plains and then the Corbières and Minervois country sides.
A variety of trees, primarily centenarium plane trees and poplars line the banks of the Canal des Deux Mers against the hot summer sunshine.
For people in search of calm and peaceful time, this is great place for a relaxing vacation.
The Canal run through 3 regions of prestigious past and offers first class surroundings.
From Sète to Bordeaux you can moor your craft in the many pleasure boats harbours and visit the surrounding villages and towns cycling on the paths.
The best is to arrive with "autoroute du Canal des deux Mers" french highway .
This part of France is well known for its wineyards, its mouthwatering regional specialities and its very nice weather.
After Sète, taking the Canal du petit Rhône that is also part of the Canal des Deux Mers, you reach the XVIII century town of Beaucaire crossing the magnificent Camargue.
One can also choose to take on the Robine and sail downstream to port La Nouvelle between huge pine trees, holm oaks and olive trees.
Going west, on the Méditterranean slope will take you across the Pays Cathar to the watershed.
In memory of the Canal des Deux Mers creator, Pierre Paul Riquet, an obelisk was raised at the watershed sill. It stands among a luxurious vegetation between plains and hills on the Massif central inforcements.
From then on the traveler will be on the Atlantic side.
Crossing Toulouse the pink Occitanie capital, you enter the Garonne river valley.
The Basin de l'embouchure is the beginning of the Canal Lateral to the Garonne". Weaving its way through one of the world 's oldest vineyards you navigate across the Fronton vineyards and the Lomagne region, the Saint Sardos vineyards and the town of Moissac. Then Buzet and the region of Quercy invite you along a picturesque journey in the discovery of France's prettiest countryside.
From the Canal des Deux Mers, heading downstream on the Tarn , the Garonne or the Lot and Baïse rivers is possible and deserves to be explore for its landscapes and beautiful cities.
From all over the world visitors are coming to boat sail freely on the southern waterways. But the canal is not an amenity restricted to boats .Walkers, cyclists and riders can enjoy the old tow paths that is the longest cycle path in France.