River Cruise Bellegarde, Midi-Camargue
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2 DAY WEEK-END
- Bellegarde / Aigues Mortes and return : 78 km, 0 lock
- Tourist Attractions - Bellegarde : old streets, ruins of Madonne Tower, Market on Friday Morning
St Gilles : Museum of Romanesque houses, end of the XIth century abbey church. Native house of Pope Clément IV ; possibilities of horse and 4x4 rides Market on Thursday and Sunday mornings.
Aigues Mortes : XIIIth century fortified city founded by St Louis for crusade departure. Constance Tower, XVIIth century Chapels.
- Bellegarde / Aigues-Mortes / Palavas and return : 122 km, 0 lock
- Bellegarde / Gallician / Petit Rhône and return : 1 lock
- Tourist Attractions - See above and Horse-riding in Bellegarde, St Gilles and Aigues-Mortes.
Swimming in the Mediterranean sea in Palavas and in Villeneuve les Maguelonne or on the beaches of L'Etang de Thau. Gallician and its ornithological park. Le petit Rhône : Wild nature.
- Bellegarde / St Gilles / Aigues Mortes or le Grau du roi / Palavas or Lattes / Beaucaire and return : 165km, 1 lock
- Bellegarde / St Gilles/ Aigues Mortes / Etang de Thau and return : 200km, 0 lock
- ONEWAY : Bellegarde / Le Somail : 200km, 0 lock
- Tourist Attractions - See above and Arles : Greco-Roman city, open amphitheatre of 12 000 places built at Roman period, ancient theatre (1st century B.C..) Beaches in Le Grau du Roi and Palavas. Etang de Thau : oyster beds. Sète : native town of the singer Georges Brassens, fish :auction sale of the morning catch.
- Bellegarde / Homps or Le Somail and return : 382 km, 16 locks
- Oneway: Bellegarde / Carcassonne and return to Le Somail : 315 km, 42 locks
- Tourist Attractions - The city of Carcassonne and its gastronomy. The locks of Fonsérannes, the Riquet ways, Cathedrale of Béziers, annual festivals.
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.
For more information on the Canal du Midi and the towns and tourist attractions along the way.
Access : 15 km from Arles (Motorway A9) Airport : Nîmes (12km) or Montpellier Train Station : Nîmes (TGV Paris to Nîmes : 4 hours)