Canal du Midi, à gauche le Chemin de la flegme, au centre vers l'écluse ronde d'Agde, à droite le Bois de Boulogne. © Xvolks

Canal du Midi

The canal du Midi joining the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea

In the 17th Century, Pierre Paul de Riquet had a surprising idea: to join the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The construction site was one of the biggest of the 17th century and was completed 1681. Its aim at the time was to facilitate wheat transportation. Today, classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the canal is more of a pleasant place to ride bakes or to walk, in the shade of the trees, or you can hire a barge for a trip on the waterways.