Canal du Midi Waterway Guide: 07

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Canal du Midi Waterway Guide: 07
Canal du Midi Waterway Guide: 07
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Canal du Midi Waterway Guide: 07
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Canal du Midi Waterway Guide: 07 covers Canal de Jonction, Canal de la Robine, Etang de Thau, Canal du Rhone a Sete, Lez, Petit Rhone, Canal d'Arles a Bouc. This guide covers the region from Toulouse via Carcassonne, Narbonne and Beziers, then along the coast, before the canals turn inland to Arles and Beaucaire. With coloured maps and photos and all text in French, English and German.

The canal du Midi, work of Pierre Paul Riquet and his illustrious successor the Marécal Vauban, is most famous for the quality of its waterways structures. But as you cruise along the canal, you can go past these wonders without even noticing them. In this new guide, exclusively dedicated to the canal du Midi and the other waterways east of Toulouse, we have photographed the aqueducts, canal bridges, spillways and syphons and you will find, on the map pages, a drawing of each of the most interesting of them. During your cruise, take the time to get off your boat and take a close look at some of these engineering feats of the 17th century.

Listed as a world heritage monument, the canal is also known for its magnificent plane trees. Over the last few years, these trees are victims of a terrible disease, cancer stain and it is known that the disease is spread, among other things by your boat. With the help of the navigation authorities, we have made a list of precautions to take in the hope of restricting the disease to the Mediterranean side of the canal.

It is hard to imagine the canal du Midi without its lock-keepers. But everything must evolve and, in 2012, for the first time, some locks on the Atlantic side have been made automatic. Luckily, these measures only concern the single locks and at all lock flights you will greeted as usual by a lock-keeper.

At the end of the canal, you will come to the Étang de Thau, a little inland sea that offers difficult navigation conditions when the Mistral is blowing. We have improved our map of the Etang with a photo of the approaches to each port and the new channel buoyed in 2010 by the buoyage authorities in Sète is clearly shown.

Our voyage comes to an end in the Rhône delta, a region known for the quantity and variety of its bird life. For the ornithologists among you, we have described the most popular species and some of their habits and we indicate the places you will find them.