The Canal du Midi links Toulouse to the Mediterranean seaside resort of Sète, meandering through the departments of Haute-Garonne, Aude and Hérault on its way. This marvel of engineering meets the River Garonne at Port de l'Embouchure in central Toulouse, and upon completion in the late-17th Century it became possible to navigate between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean for the first time.
Why Stay near Canal du Midi?
In 1996 the Canal du Midi was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, and is one of Toulouse’s major attractions. As such, Expedia’s hotels in the Canal du Midi area are an extremely popular choice.
The Best Areas for Canal du Midi Hotels
The compact zone between the Canal du Midi and the River Garonne is home to most of Toulouse’s city centre hotels. If you base yourself here you’ll never be more than a 15-minute walk away from the water. But if you want to stay more or less on the Canal du Midi’s doorstep, take a look at the Boulevard de la Marquette and the streets around the Japanese Garden, or the string of good-value two and three-star hotels along Boulevard Bonrepos.
Things to See and Do around Canal du Midi?
The placid green waters of the canal can be enjoyed in many different ways. A towpath runs beside the water, where you can walk or cycle beneath a line of shady trees. You can also take a seasonal pleasure cruise and float down the canal on an authentic barge. You’ll pass through three passages of locks and learn about the canal’s construction, before continuing on to the outskirts of the city over the remarkable Port Canal Herbettes Aqueduct, which carries you over a four-lane motorway. Other options include tours by night, or a romantic trip on the Occitania restaurant cruise boat.
A Wide Range of Canal du Midi Accommodation
Whether you’re visiting Toulouse for pleasure, for business, or as part of a wider exploration of south west France, Expedia’s range of Canal du Midi hotels will have you covered.