The Canal du Midi



The Canal du Midi is one of the emblematic works of our department. Crossing the city of Carcassonne, you can stroll along its banks, in the shade of the plane trees, less than 16km from our guest house La Glycine Blanche (Aude Pays Cathare).

The Canal du Midi is a French canal that has linked Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea since the 17th century. First named “Royal Canal in Languedoc”, the revolutionaries renamed it in 1789 “Canal du Midi”. It is considered by his contemporaries as the biggest building site of the 17th century. From the 19th century, the Canal de Garonne, which doubles the Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse, extends the Canal du Midi to provide a waterway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea: the set of two canals is called "canal of the Two Seas ”.

It was the wheat trade that motivated the construction of the canal. Colbert authorized the start of work by a royal edict of October 1666. Under the supervision of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the site lasted from 1666 to 1681, during the reign of Louis XIV. The Canal du Midi is one of the oldest canals in Europe still in operation (the prototype being the Canal de Briare). The implementation of this work is closely linked to the question of river transport in modern times. The challenge, taken up by Pierre-Paul Riquet, was to bring water from the Montagne Noire to the threshold of Naurouze, the highest point of the canal.

Since 1996, it has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Many activities and discoveries are offered from this work of art
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Cruise on the Canal du Midi