Canal Du Midi

The Canal du Midi runs 254 kilometres from Agde in Herault via Toulouse in Haute-Garonne where it changes its name to become the “Canal lateral de la Garonne”, before meeting the Garonne river at Langon in the Gironde department. From there the water flows out into the Atlantic.

But where does that water come from?

For the Canal du Midi, it comes in large part from the Black Mountain range in the regional natural park of Haut-Languedoc. It was Pierre de Riquet, (1604 - 1680), a rich resident of Revel, in the Tarn department, who had the idea for the canal. The project took 15 years and was finished in 1681, so M de Riquet never saw the finished work, which crosses rivers on impressive aqueducts and even tunnels through a hill.


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