Set off on a weekend boating holiday and experience life on the Canal du Midi. Fine dining is guaranteed in the many towns and villages you’ll meet, in particular at Castelnaudary with its famous cassoulet. Back onboard and you’ll love the every changing forest landscapes and the fun of working as a crew and going through locks.
Located midway between Toulouse and Carcassonne, Port Lauragais is an excellent starting point for renting a canal boat on the Canal du Midi. From here you’re in the perfect location for exploring the riches of the ‘Canal Royal du Languedoc’ - the original name of the Canal du Midi during the reign of King Louis XIV.
Port Lauragais: Avignonet Lauragais (2km away), old tower (1606), church and restored water mill, wines of Fronton, Maison de la Haute-Garonne for stocking up on regional specialities
Seuil de Naurouze: Highest point of Canal du Midi (190m), waters of the Black Mountains, watershed where water one side flows to the Atlantic and the other side flows to the Mediterranean, hikes in the hills of Lauragais
Segala: known as the country of 100 valleys, NOT pottery dating from 1820 (open Mon– Fri and by appointment on weekends)
Castelnaudary: Grand Bassin (largest body of open water along the Canal du Midi at 7 hectares), Saint-Michel Church College (13th century), Cugarel Mill, city of the famous Cassoulet dish
After cruising as far as Castelnaudary on the Canal du Midi it is time to think about the return leg of your journey. Look out again for the favourite places you found so far, or maybe stop off at some new ones as you cruise back to the starting base at Port Lauragais.
Holiday reviews from Port Lauragais
We had a fantastic weekend hiring a canal boat from Port Lauragais and cruising to Castelnaudary. The route was extremely peaceful and life onboard is very relaxing even with bike rides thrown in! Highlights were the NOT pottery tour and of course sampling the traditional cassoulet at Castelnaudary.