Navigating in the heart of vineyards, this canal boat weekend break sees crews experience the nine-lock staircase of Fonseranes as well as the many other delights of the Canal du Midi.
By hiring a canal boat from the Nicols base at Le Somail you are in the ideal place to discover one of the most famous waterways in Europe – the Canal du Midi. The charming little port of Le Somail can be found halfway between Carcassonne and Béziers on the longest continuous section of canal in France, at 52km without seeing a lock!
Le Somail: Ice house cooler dating back to 1684, "Le Trouve-tout du livre" bookstore and its 50,000 books for sale!
Argeliers: Castle of the 12th century classified as “historic monument”
Malpas: Tunnel of Malpas, old pond of Montady (now dried up to an amazing shape), “oppidum d’Ensérunnes”: one of the largest archaeological sites in France; remains of Greek, Roman and Celtic civilization
Colombiers: charming half circle port, old wine cellar
Fonserannes: “Staircase of 9 locks” a unique site in France, small tourist train to Beziers (summer months)
After cruising as far as Fonseranes 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 Le Somail.
Holiday reviews from Somail
A must try holiday itinerary
We were really impressed by this boating holiday departing from Le Somail. Beautiful landscapes, small typical villages and vineyards all dot your route, while the fun and adventure of negotiating locks and tunnels makes the route a must for lovers of a boating holiday.
Simone and René, Pithiviers