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Boating In Europe: South of France

Welcome to the sunny south and a cruise which will forever remind you of lazy sun-filled days and magical warm nights.

Canal du Midi

Blue skies and sunshine with long stretches of shade-giving planes and cypress dominate the scene as you gently cruise this tranquil waterway. Built by Baron Pierre Riquet in the 17th century, the canal retains the charm and flavour of that era yet is away from the usual tourist haunts of the south.

Ventenac, Canal du Midi  Canal du Midi  Canal du Midi

From the west the canal falls gently through the beautiful Languedoc, past fascinating towns and villages, the Corbières and Minervois vineyards, and close to the magnificent fortified town of Carcassonne. Along the way you'll navigate staircase locks, ancient arched bridges, aqueducts and the first ever canal tunnel. East towards the Mediterranean approaches, you can stop awhile at several canal-side villages to enjoy the local cuisine before reaching Agde - the 'Black Pearl of the Mediterranean' and the entrance to the Etang de Thau a large salt water lake famous for its delicious oysters and sea foods.
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Minervois Cruisers' moorings at Le Somail, Canal du Midi Narbonne, Canal de la Robine
The Magnifique crossing the aqueduct at Béziers, Canal du Midi

1. Minervois Cruisers moorings at Le Somail, Canal du Midi
2. Narbonne, Canal de la Robine
3. The Magnifique crossing the aqueduct at Béziers, Canal du Midi

The Camargue - Canal du Rhône à Sète

You can see vast flocks of flamingoes, freely roaming wild bulls and white horses, walk around the walls of the ancient crusader city of Aigues Mortes, or just watch shoals of small fish darting around your boat.

With just two locks between Beaucaire and Sête this extraordinary canal makes for effortless cruising. Spend a few hours on a nearby Mediterranean beach, or visit one of the bustling little fishing ports to taste the delicious local seafood accompanied by a cool, refreshing bottle of Muscat.

Everywhere you'll find a warm welcome in this fascinating area of France.

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