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The Canal du Midi

The work of Pierre-Paul Riquet and excavated in the XVIIth century to link the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the Canal du Midi, formerly used for transporting goods and people, is today frequented by numerous boaters and tourists and flows through the centre of the city of Carcassonne.

In 1996, the Canal du Midi was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The locks, bridges, aqueducts and canal bridges along the 240 km of the waterway are witness to the technical prowess of its constructors and also a work of art..




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The canal banks, once towpaths, are fringed with different varieties of trees and are a ideal walking and cycling trail for visitors.


On the following web sites you will find answers to any questions you may have on the subject of the canal:
Association du 'Canal du Midi en Languedoc'
Association 'Canal à la Une'
Voies Navigables de France