The Canal du Midi from Carcassonne to the sea
Discover one of the most pleasant paths in France to the Mediterranean Sea
4 days/3 nights or 5d/4n or 6d/5n
Adults (12 years old & up)
Level : easy
From April to October
This cycling holiday along the canal du midi offers you an itinerary from Carcassonne to Sète on the shores of the Mediterranean. To start off, we suggest that you explore the city of Carcassonne, before heading through numerous wine-producing villages between Minervois and Corbières, with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting. Once past Beziers, the sea air will accompany you to the Greek city of Agde, where the Canal du Midi runs into the étang de Thau.
If you have the time, we invite you to continue your journey along the seashore to the beautiful cities of Sète and Montpellier.
Day by day
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN CARCASSONNE
B&B / 2* hotel
Arrival in Carcassonne. Possible visit of the city of Carcassonne and/or a bike tour, starting from your B&B/hotel. Dinner of your choice, night in Carcassonne.
Bike hire for the day is an option (15€ per person).
We recommend a pretty tour that starts in Carcassonne, allowing you to discover the city as well as vineyards and the Cavayère lake.
Day 2 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM CARCASSONNE TO HOMPS
B&B / 2* hotel
Your bikes are delivered direct to your B&B/hotel. After a good breakfast, you leave Carcassonne by the canal which, from now on, closely follows the course of the River Aude, to enter the region of Minervois. At the heart of these landscapes of vineyards, smelling evocatively of the south, you cross charming hamlets, before arriving at the port of Homps. This small and lively port is the perfect place to taste the good wines of the region at the end of the day.
Dinner of your own choice and night in Homps.
Cycling : 41 km
Day 3 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM HOMPS TO CAPESTANG
B&B / 2* hotel
Downstream from Homps, the rugged terrain surrounding the canal necessitated the construction of impressive feats of engineering. This is why, in just 4 kms you encounter no less than 4 bridges and 4 aqueducts, one after the other. Once you arrive in Caspestang, you can discover its château, its 14C collegiate church dedicated to St Etienne and its lagoon, from which the village gets its name, « Lou Cap de l’estang ».
Dinner of your own choice and night in Capestang.
Cycling : 43 km
Day 4 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM CAPESTANG A AGDE
B&B / 2* hotel
This last day is infused with sea air. Your arrival at the étang de Thau will not be without emotion! The small lighthouse of la pointe des Onglous appears to be at the end of the earth. From this symbolic place, you can savour your arrival with a panoramic view over the Mont Saint-Clair, l’etang de thau, the oyster beds and the listed port of Marseillan. Return to the centre of Agde, where you drop off your bike with our partner, situated just a few steps away from the train station.
Cycling : 50 km
Your holiday ends on your arrival in Agde if you have chosen the 4 day/3 night trip from Carcassonne to Agde.
A supplementary night is an option.
Day 5 : THE CANAL DU MIDI FROM AGDE TO SETE
B&B / 2* hotel
This short stage between Agde and Sete lends itself to dawdling ! A beautifully wild stretch between the etang de Thau and the Mediterranean allows you to watch the flamingos. You have numerous spots for swimming. Once you arrive in Sète, you can make the most of the pretty fishing port known as the « Venice of the Languedoc ».
Cycling: 35 km
Your holiday ends upon your arrival in Sète if you have chosen the 5 day/4 night trip, from Carcassonne to Sète.
A supplementary night in Sète is an option.
Day 6 : THE CANAL DU RHONE FROM SETE TO MONTPELLIER
From Sète, you pedal along the « small » Camargue, following the Rhone-Sète canal. This takes you across an ornithological reserve, not far from Palavas, where with a bit of luck, you can observe flamingos. A cycle path leads you into the heart of the beautiful city of Montpellier.
Cycling : 45 km
Your holiday ends upon arrival in Montpellier if you have chosen the 6 day/5 night trip, from Carcassonne to Montpellier.
A supplementary night in Montpellier is an option.
PROLONG YOUR STAY
From Agde, Sète and Montpellier, all of the Mediterranean coast is accessible by train.
The Côte d’Azur, la Côte Vermeille around Collioure, or the Spanish coast are all only just a few hours away.
The names and the photos of accommodation are given for information purposes. According to availability, the B&Bs or hotels could be modified and replaced without warning by another establishment of the same category.
Accommodation, equipment you may rent and practical information in your Tour info
The medieval city of Carcassonne
The 9 locks of Fonséranes before Beziers
The historical heritage of Toulouse
The Canal du Midi’s jewel : the small port of Somail
The famous oysters of Bouzigues, to taste in front of Thau’s pond before Sète
They tried it, they loved it !
Exceptional preparation by emails over a couple of months.
The organisation of the trip which was totally tailored to our requirements was great. The accommodation was different at every location. The bikes were excellent and had all the equipment needed.
We will use them again and recommend them to everyone. Sandrine was our contact and always was available for any questions.
We did the four day trip from Toulouse to Carcassonne. Sandrine had everything organized – with hotels, maps, books, and clear instructions to guide us. She did a great job.
The equipment was very well maintained and was well suited for the terrain. We went in May so the weather was very nice to be cycling (not too hot but still sunny) and the trails were quiet.
My only recommendation if you’re stopping in Carcassonne – spend an extra night there. The B&B was AMAZING !
I would do this trip again any day.
A great adventure, there’s nothing like it. Charming guesthouses, if not princely, with a friendly welcome.
Not to miss !
For any question :
00 33 (0)5 61 71 00 55
Véloccitane - Maison du Vélo Toulouse
12 Boulevard Bonrepos, 31000 Toulouse
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