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Canal boating holidays in the Midi

Who hasn't dreamt of a canal boating holiday on the Canal du Midi?
This is without a doubt the best known canal in France and one of the best known throughout the world!

Designed by our famous "Sun King" Louis XIV to link the Atlantic with the Mediterranean and made by Pierre Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi (now a designated Unesco World Heritage Site) is a must-see destination for anyone wanting to enjoy the fun and flexibility of a boating holiday.

Get on board your Nicols barge and head East for the Etang de Thau and the Mediterranean. Alternatively venturing West leads towards Toulouse and the Atlantic Ocean... The climate is perfect for a canal boating holiday with almost guaranteed sunshine all year round !

Hire a canal barge on the Canal du Midi, Canal de la Robine, Canal from the Rhône to Sète

The Canal du Midi is bordered by plain trees, cypress trees and stone pines providing cool shade under the Southern sun.

Snaking through the many vineyards at the foot of black mountains, the Canal du Midi encouraged transport and therefore helped to develop the wine trade in the South: There are still traces of it today! The village of Le Somail (home to the Nicols canal boat hire base) gets its name from the Old French for "sleep" because it used to offer boats a stop-off to sleep for the night....

If you love the beach, your canal boating holiday can take you all the way to the Mediterranean Sea via Narbonne on the Canal de la Robine. Other options include continuing as far as the Etang de Thau and its gateway to the Camargue on the Canal from the Rhône to Sète.

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