Cycling along the canal du Midi

When you have the chance to spend time in Languedoc you have to do the canal du Midi by bike. It is at 1 kilometer from Domaine de Puychene. Our idea was to join the Mediterranean Sea from Saint-Nazaire d’Aude. September, one of the best period to visit Occitanie.

We passed Le Somail and its restaurants along the canal du Midi and went in the direction of Beziers. On our bikes we had plenty of time to admire the bridges over the rivers, the locks and the vineyards all around us.

To reach Narbonne and then Sainte-Lucie island we had to switch from the Canal du Midi to the Canal de junction. We passed the river Aude on an old bridge built for trains, almost abandoned nowadays and full of rust. This is the shortest way to pass the river by bike.

Then we followed the Canal de la Robine which led us to Narbonne on a perfect flat little path. We really enjoyed our break there on the main place just in front of the city hall.

The next step was an amazing road, for bikes only, with outstanding views over salted water lakes on both sides. We saw many different birds and especially pink flamingos on the étang de l’Ayrolle.

We passed Sainte-Lucie island as we were too hungry to stop and we went desperately to Port-La-Nouvelle to find a restaurant. This break was excellent, followed by a bath in the Mediterranean Sea.

But not to much time to relax, we got back on our bikes for the way back. After a new break in Narbonne we enjoyed the last kilometers and a nice beer after a ride of about 90 km along the canal du Midi by bike. It was a wonderful day in the South of France full of joy, blue sky and sun !