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Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« on: April 21, 2010, 01:50:19 PM »
This is to respond to Alex who was looking for suggestions for a 2-week trip in South-West France. French love ride along the banks of the Canal du Midi. Very popular ride in among European. It is very scenic, very picturesque... very french! You can ride the quiet bike path along the banks all the way from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic cost. If you want vineyard, it is one of the best place in France, the Bordeaux region is right there! The whole region near Carcassone - and Carcassone itself - is absolutely gorgeous. Also, I personally like better the beaches near Setes (compare to the Riviera), less expensive, less showing-off, less touristic, and especially less crowded. Beaches are gigantic, sometimes you have to walk quiet a bit for the water to be deep enough to swim. It is very wild, not as scenic as the Riviera but definitely more natural. Don't get me wrong there are also a bunch of resorts down there, but you can also find huge and quiet beaches.

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Re: Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 01:02:29 PM »
And there are the voies vertes (French for green ways)
http://www.voiesvertes.com/
It looks like there as a bike path along the Atlantic coast.
You can click on the map for more information.
All these bike routs are signposted and really good.
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Re: Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 11:31:02 AM »
Hi folks.

I am planning a trip where I will be taking the Canal du Midi into Toulouse.  Then onwards through the Canal du Garonne.  Is the canal clearly marked all the way through?  Will I have any trouble following it?  I've been trying to research it (without having to buy any outdated books) and it's not clear how easy it is to do this route.

Also, is it easy to find food and shelter (camping) along this route? 

Thank you for any information you can provide. 

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Re: Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011, 03:34:16 AM »
I haven't cycled this canal, but many others in different countries.
Usually it is very easy, you just follow the canal  :D
I think this one is really developed as a bike route.
Sometimes on less used canals I have hit sections of grassy paths.
Just continue till you meet some local walking a dog and ask about the conditions further on.
I don't think you need a book or map. there will be info along the way.
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Re: Canal du Midi, a beautiful bike path in South-West France
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2011, 09:24:49 AM »
I've cycled this and it is a very nice ride. There is no problem with route finding. Enjoy!