Head west on your canal barge, cruising along the Canal du Midi from Port Lauragais to Toulouse. This short break boating holiday itinerary takes you to charming towns while the fine gastronomy of the south-west can be found in the markets and restaurants located along the canal.
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
Villefranche de Lauragais: 13th century bastide village with narrow streets and half-timbered houses
Montgiscard: Saint-André gothic church, Escarbille charming waterside restaurant also offering takeaway!
Toulouse: Capitol Square, the Museum of the Augustinian, the Basilique Saint-Sernin, the Convent of the Jacobins, the Jardin des Plantes, Cité de l'Espace with its life size model of the Ariane 5 space rocket and a replica MIR space station!
After cruising as far as Toulouse 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
Many holiday memories were made
We have just returned from our boating holiday on the Canal du Midi between Port Lauragais and Toulouse and have many wonderful memories – from sharing stories with other boaters we met, going through locks and stopping off in some fascinating villages.
Amandine and Alexandre, Remiremont