The Canal du Midi
In the Minervois, the Canal du Midi begins a long descent towards the Mediterranean and plays a game of hide-and-seek with the river Aude, both twisting and turning amidst the vineyards. In 1681, the Canal du Midi, designed by Pierre Paul Riquet, became a reality and made it possible to travel from Toulouse to Sète by boat. This waterway stretches out over some 240 km underneath a canopy of plane trees. Thanks to the 328 works of art incorporated in the construction, every obstacle could be overcome: locks, bridges (one of the oldest being the Pont du Somail), aqueducts (the pont-canal or navigable aqueduct over the Répudre), tunnels, épanchoirs (a sort of Culvert, TN), etc. The Canal du Midi is a unique and remarkable construction work, registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
We also suggest you do the Pech laurier hike at Argens-Minervois. From the top of the pech, you will be able to admire how this hill has been excavated to allow the passage of the Canal du Midi, at the spot where the renowned double lock bearing the same name is situated.