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Itineraries for Beaucaire

Beaucaire -> Beziers -> Beaucaire
Two Week Return Trip
Cruise along the Canal du Rhone a Sete, and on your way to the Etang du Thau, a large saltwater lake which divides the Canal du Rhone a Sete and the Canal du Midi, stop at towns such as Saint Gilles, known as the doorway to the Camargue and famous for its local passion for horses; the fortified town of Aigues-Mortes, and the picturesque port of Palavas les Flots where there are some lovely restaurants and a good sandy beach. At the Etang du Thau perhaps take part in some watersports or explore the fishing villages where the oyster and mussel industry thrives. At Beziers, famous for being the birthplace of Pierre Paul Riquet, founder of the Canal du Midi, visit the cathedral of St Nazaire on the top of the hill, it offers spectacular views of the city.

Homps -> Beaucaire
11 day One Way Trip
Homps overlooks a wide plain towards the Montagne Noir (Black Mountain), visit the 12th century Romanesque chapel or one of the several wine producers found here. Further on, Argens-Minervois is lovely town typical of the Minervois region and overlooks the canal and the Aude River. At Beziers, famous for being the birthplace of Pierre Paul Riquet, founder of the Canal du Midi, visit the cathedral of St Nazaire on the top of the hill, it offers spectacular views of the city. At the Etang du Thau perhaps take part in some watersports or explore the fishing villages where the oyster and mussel industry thrives. On your way to Beaucaire, the picturesque port of Palavas les Flots has some lovely restaurants and a good sandy beach, and further on the historic town of Aigues Mortes is well worth a visit.

Local Information

Beaucaire is a small town and commune in southern France, in the Gard département of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Beaucaire is located on the Rhône River, opposite the town of Tarascon, which is in Bouches-du-Rhône département of Provence.
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Waterways

Beaucaire is on the banks of the Canal du Rhône à Sète which borders the Camargue and lies very close to the Mediterranean. It is noted for its wildlife, marshland scenery and étangs or ponds. The Canal du Midi and the River Rhône are easily accessible from Beaucaire.

The Canal du Midi was classed as a Unesco World Heritage site due to its importance in canal history, the beauty of the canal and the fine locks, aqueducts and canal buildings. Though discussions on a canal link between the Atlantic and Mediterranean began with Charlamagne in the 8th century, and continued through the centuries (including consultation with Leonardo da Vinci) no actual construction began until 1666. Anyone interested in the canals history may like to visit the Château de Bonrepos and park; the home of Pierre Paul Riquet, the designer of the canal. This is located in the village of Verfeil, just outside Toulouse.