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  • 700 km

Discover the Canal des Deux Mers à Vélo, an exceptional cycle route linking the two seas of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. You can pedal along for almost 800km beside the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi, the latter a World Heritage Site, to explore unforgettable landscapes and sites.

The sections of Canal des deux mers à vélo

  • The Gironde Estuary by bike

    The Gironde Estuary by bike picto itineraire[153 km]

    Royan > Mortagne-sur-Gironde > Vitrezay > Blaye > Bordeaux
    • Intermediate from Royan to Mortagne-sur-Gironde and from Mortagne-sur-Gironde to Vitrezay and from Vitrezay to Blaye and from Blaye to Bordeaux

    This enticing section of the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route transports you from the seaside atmosphere of the postwar resort of Royan to the splendid Ancien Régime quays of Bordeaux. The route running beside the Gironde Estuary is not completely laid out at time of writing, so you have to deal with a few stretches of small, rough, steep tracks for the moment. Or opt for the easier provisional link leading south of the Gironde Estuary via Lacanau, on to Bordeaux.

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  • The canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Agen

    The canal de Garonne by bike from Bordeaux to Agen picto itineraire[153 km]

    Bordeaux > Créon > Sauveterre-de-Guyenne > La Réole > Marmande > Damazan > Agen
    • Family from Bordeaux to Créon and from Créon to Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and from La Réole to Marmande and from Marmande to Damazan and from Damazan to Agen
    • Expert from Sauveterre-de-Guyenne to La Réole

    Bordeaux, a splendid city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, makes for one glorious starting point on the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route. Once you’ve crossed the mighty Garonne River, you enter the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards via a great cycle track. At Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, join a quiet road to reach the Canal de Garonne near the town of La Réole. Then a greenway runs alongside the canal, shaded by planes, up to Agen.

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  • The canal de Garonne by bike from Agen to Toulouse

    The canal de Garonne by bike from Agen to Toulouse picto itineraire[113 km]

    Agen > Valence-d'Agen > Moissac > Montech > Castelnau-d'Estrétefonds > Toulouse
    • Family from Agen to Valence-d'Agen and from Valence-d'Agen to Moissac and from Moissac to Montech and from Montech to Castelnau-d'Estrétefonds and from Castelnau-d'Estrétefonds to Toulouse

    This section of the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route is entirely on greenways, enabling you to appreciate the countryside to the full. Head a bit away from the Canal de Garonne to enjoy charming, hilly terrain with hints of Tuscany. Moissac and Montauban, pink-brick towns on the Tarn River, have each been designated a Ville d’Art et d’Histoire for their rich culture. Their culinary attractions are strong too. As to much larger pink-brick Toulouse, it’s a dynamic regional capital. Take in its striking monuments and vibrant quarters.

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  • The Canal du Midi by bike from Toulouse to Carcassone

    The Canal du Midi by bike from Toulouse to Carcassone picto itineraire[138.5 km]

    Toulouse > Montgiscard > Seuil de Naurouze > Castelnaudary > Bram > Carcassonne > Revel
    • Family from Toulouse to Montgiscard and from Montgiscard to Seuil de Naurouze
    • Intermediate from Seuil de Naurouze to Castelnaudary and from Castelnaudary to Bram and from Bram to Carcassonne and from Seuil de Naurouze to Revel

    From Toulouse to Carcassonne, this section of the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route plunges you into the splendid history of the Canal du Midi, designed in the 17th century to link Garonne to Mediterranean. The way is enchanting, following this very pretty canal with its very southern French feel. Be especially careful along the section south of Port Lauragais (and Avignonet-Lauragais), as it is not laid out or signposted at time of writing and requires appropriate bikes.

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  • The canal du Midi by bike from Carcassonne to Le Somail

    The canal du Midi by bike from Carcassonne to Le Somail picto itineraire[104 km]

    Carcassonne > Marseillette > Homps > Le Somail > Narbonne > Port-la-Nouvelle
    • Family from Narbonne to Port-la-Nouvelle
    • Intermediate from Carcassonne to Marseillette and from Marseillette to Homps and from Homps to Le Somail and from Le Somail to Narbonne

    Passing at the foot of the magnificent medieval fortified city of Carcassonne, this section of the Canal du Midi à Vélo then takes you along a route dotted with remarkable canal constructions to admire, especially when watching boats using them. A splendid additional route leads along the Canal de la Robine to the former Roman capital of Narbonne. This route ends with a surprising way through big coastal lakes to Port-la-Nouvelle, where it reaches the Mediterranean.

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  • The canal du Midi by bike from Le Somail to Sète

    The canal du Midi by bike from Le Somail to Sète picto itineraire[92.5 km]

    Le Somail > Capestang > Béziers > Agde > Sète
    • Family from Agde to Sète
    • Intermediate from Le Somail to Capestang and from Capestang to Béziers and from Béziers to Agde

    Along this final southern section of the Canal du Midi à Vélo, absorb the vibrant light and captivating scents of the Mediterranean. Admire the succession of ingenious, majestic engineering works of art along this stretch, like the locks at Fonserannes, the Orb canal-bridge, or the circular lock at Agde. Although the route along the canal’s towpath on this section is not complete at time of writing, the exceptional charm and natural setting make up for any inconvenience.

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