No previous experience is needed for this canal boat holiday on the Canal du Midi. Cruise under the shade of the surrounding plane trees, passing through locks and typical French villages before reaching the medieval city of Carcassonne.
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
Villepinte: 12th century church, 16th century village, beautiful aqueduct
Bram: circular village built around the castle and 13th century church
Villesèquelande: Ormeau de Sully (famous 16th century tree with a 6m circumference) Sainte-Marie church
Carcassonne: Medieval city with ramparts 3km in length and 52 towers. UNESCO World Heritage Site, many events – markets, festivals etc.
Trèbes: Saint-Etienne church (14th century), swimming pool, La Rode canal bridge, Orbiel canal bridge, impressive staircase of three locks, waterside restaurants
After cruising as far as Trèbes 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
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We combined the fun of navigating with visits to fascinating places from history which included mooring in the heart of Castelnaudary, a walk around the fortified city of Carcassonne and the staircase of locks at Trèbes. We’d highly recommend a boating holiday on the Canal du Midi.
Sylvie and Jean-Charles, Les Mureaux