Appart'hotel near the Canal du Midi
All our flats in Toulouse
A Unesco World Heritage canal
The Canal du Midi offers a relaxing and picturesque holiday setting. It crosses the south-west of France, winding through the fields from Toulouse to the Etang de Thau. Now a haven of tranquillity with magnificent rural landscapes, the canal was originally built to meet the needs of river transport.
Since the 17th century, it has linked Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea. Once a vital trade route, it is now home to a number of pleasure boats and houseboats. Nestled between its wooded banks, it passes through large historic towns as well as small villages in the hinterland. Classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996, the Canal du Midi is one of the main tourist attractions in the South-West. It is also one of the oldest in Europe.
Both historical witnesses and true engineering masterpieces, the hundreds of engineering structures that line it are as many curiosities to discover for the curious walker. Several dozen locks, dams and bridges, some dating from the 17th century, span the canal. Lovers of history and architecture, as well as lovers of bucolic landscapes, will always find sources of wonder.
Staying in town to visit the Canal du Midi
Although the Canal runs mainly through rural countryside, it is possible to make the most of a stay in the region by staying in one of the towns along the way. Toulouse, Carcassonne, Agde and Sète are all connected to this long waterway and are ideal starting points for visiting this unique work of art. It would be a shame to visit the Canal du Midi without discovering some of its ports, located in the city. To do this, it is possible to combine a stay in different towns near the waterway, whether in the Haute Garonne, the Aude or the Hérault.