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A route through the Languedoc

Journey along the Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi is one of the greatest feats of engineering of the 17th century and Pierre Paul Riquet was its chief architect under the instructions of Louis XIV.

Canal du Midi
Canal du Midi

The King had instructed his minister Colbert to find a new sea route for the royal galleys and to create a port for shipping Languedoc's products. Colbert entrusted this task to the Knight of Clerville who identified the cap of Sète as the most suitable site for the creating a port. The town now houses many art museums and hosts a variety of festivals, the most notorious being the canal jousting festival during the summer months.

Watch the jousting

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