The Canal du Midi

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The Canal du Midi - Tourism in the Hérault

The Canal du Midi, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, ends up in the Hérault. Built in the 17th century by Pierre-Paul Riquet between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the waterway of the Canal du Midi crosses 64 locks and extends over 240 kilometres from Toulouse to the Thau lake near Sète. It is a colossal work: 12,000 men have been mobilized during fifteen years to build it!

Today, the Canal du Midi is an unmissable site great for relaxation, for both inland navigation and leisure walks on its charming banks: barge tours down the locks, romantic walks on foot and cycling along the waterway. In the Hérault is an unusual work not to be missed: the 9 locks of Fonséranes.

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