The Languedoc area of France is partiularly famous for its canals. The canal du Midi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and spans over 350km linking the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
It was built between 1667 and 1694. It’s creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, who initially trained as a mathmetician, was able to forsee a system of reservoirs that would enable the water levels of the canal to be maintained.
Today, the canal acts as a huge tourist attraction bringing in visitors from all over the world. It also acts as a national cycle route. As the canal meanders through the tranquil Landguedoc countryside, you cruise peacfully under the huge Plane Trees that over hang the canal.