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The canal du Midi by bike from Le Somail to Sète

[ Cycle routes Canal des deux mers à vélo ]
  • 92.5 km

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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The 4 stages of the section « The canal du Midi by bike from Le Somail to Sète »

  • The Canal du Midi by bike : Le Somail / Capestang

    The Canal du Midi by bike : Le Somail / Capestang [22.5 km]

    It’s a wrench leaving enchanting Le Somail. Although the port of Sète is a long way off, this is just a short stage to Capestang, signalled by the bell tower of St-Félix Church, which guides you to this village’s central square, where you can enjoy a rest in the shade of the plane trees.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • The Canal du Midi by bike : Capestang / Béziers

    The Canal du Midi by bike : Capestang / Béziers [20 km]

    This stage is packed with surprises. The 17th-century Tunnel de Malpas draws the attention, built as Europe’s first-ever navigable canal tunnel. On the hill above, visit the impressive vestiges of a pre-Roman, Celtic settlement, the Oppidum d’Ensérune. From here, look down on the amazing pattern of the dried-out circular lake of Montady, originally dug by medieval monks. Then admire the extraordinary nine locks of Fonsérannes and the splendid canal-bridge over the Orb River with magnificent views up to historic Béziers.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • The Canal du Midi by bike : Béziers / Agde

    The Canal du Midi by bike : Béziers / Agde [25 km]

    From the port at Béziers, the Canal du Midi à Vélo cycle route heads east towards the Mediterranean. You might halt briefly at Villeneuve-lès-Béziers or at Portiragnes before arriving at the Pont de Roque Haute. From here, Portiragnes Beach lies very close by and you can reach it easily for a refreshing dip in the Med! Further on, the mobile bridge built to control the River Libron and the round lock at Agde are extraordinary curiosities.

    Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
  • The Canal du Midi by bike : Agde / Sète

    The Canal du Midi by bike : Agde / Sète [25 km]

    The town of Agde, with its ancient roots and black basalt architecture, is a startling place. Its soaring church tower looks down on the Hérault Estuary. You’re now reaching the very end of the Canal du Midi à Vélo cycle route, which finishes by the massive Etang de Thau coastal lake and Les Onglous Lighthouse at Marseillan-Plage resort. From here, the superb Lido greenway runs alongside the Mediterranean up to the great port of Sète. Stop for a dip at any point!

    Difficulty: Family view the detail