The Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers is a French channel that connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea. It provides, with the side channel of the Garonne River, a waterway from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. It was extended by the Rhône-Sete canal. Originally named the Royal Canal in Languedoc, revolutionaries renamed the Canal du Midi in 1789. He was regarded by his contemporaries as the largest shipyard in the seventeenth century.

Strictly speaking, the Canal du Midi means the party initially made from Toulouse to the Mediterranean, the canal project of the Two Seas, all waterways to reach the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: the Canal du Midi and the Garonne, more or less navigable between Toulouse and Bordeaux, and the canal de Garonne, built later, and the estuary of the Gironde after Bordeaux.

It is the wheat trade that motivated its construction. Built from 1666 to 1681, during the reign of Louis XIV and under the supervision of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the canal du Midi is one of the oldest canal in Europe still in operation (the prototype being the channel Briare) . The implementation of this work is closely linked to the issue of river navigation in modern times. The challenge raised by Pierre-Paul Riquet, was to channel water from the Montagne Noire to Naurouze, the highest point of the trail.


It passes through areas of pasture, often wooded. Beautiful meandering backwaters sometimes several miles long to offer a course boater wild and natural. It is an ideal destination for fishing or swimming. This is an opportunity especially to explore the many small villages, often crowned with a castle or a beautiful church.

Since 1996 he is ranked in the list of world heritage by UNESCO

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