The « Canal du Midi » and the « Canal de la Robine »
Work of 240 km in length, powered by a highly sophisticated system, the « Canal du Midi » presents the oldest inventions in terms of hydraulic control and works of art: almost 350 locks, bridges, aqueduct, outlets, some which haven't been modified since their origin; a towpath lined with trees, allowing multiple outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking.
This unique architectural heritage is the work of Pierre-Paul Riquet, who convinced Colbert, and then Louis XIV, of the technical possibility to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea, and proved that the waters of the Black Mountain would be enough to feed the canal.
The river cruise is an important activity in the department of Aude. The « Canal du Midi » and the « Canal de la Robine », listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, favour an original discovery of these places that are among the finest and most authentic of France.
Sailing, Hiking, Mountain bikes
Cruising the canals is surprisingly easy; limited to 6-8 km/h to avoid damaging the natural shoreline, you will be far from the stress of traffic jams.
No need for a license to drive your boat! On arrival, a technician will take you in charge, for a short demo, and will teach you a few basic principles of navigation (mooring, passage locks, ...).
The navigation on the « Canal du Midi et de la Robine » carried out freely from March to November, and is only limited by the opening hours of the locks.
From the threshold of Naurouze to Carcassonne, the hand-operated locks are still active.
All along the canal, halt areas are specifically designed so that you can tie up and discover the villages, monuments, local products, wine cellars and restaurants. If you have itchy feet, the towpath leads you to the « Canal du Midi » for cycling, hiking, running, or petanque matches..