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Escape to Minervois country - on a self-drive boating holiday

Weekend 2 days
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Le Somail
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Le Somail
42 KM
from 441 EUROS**
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** All prices are calculated on the basis of a two day weekend in low season.
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Description of
the boating holiday

Rent a canal boat from Nicols base at Le Somail

Your weekend boating holiday here starts on the longest continuous stretch of river in France and leads you to the town of Homps. Stop and discover Minervois wines at canal side vineyards, visit typical French villages and enjoy swimming, fishing and captaining your crew as you travel along the famous Canal du Midi.

Departure base

By hiring a canal boat from the Nicols base at Le Somail you are in the ideal place to discover one of the most famous waterways in Europe – the Canal du Midi. The charming little port of Le Somail can be found halfway between Carcassonne and Béziers on the longest continuous section of canal in France, at 52km without seeing a lock!


Places to see and things to do

Le Somail: iconic stone bridge, cooling house dating back to 1684, impressive book store with 50,000 works for sale!
Ventenac-en-Minervois: set on a hill top with stunning views, cellar visits to the wine grower Château de Ventenac-en-Minervois

Paraza: 17th century castle, Répudre Canal Bridge - the oldest in France (1km away)

Roubia: beautiful village built around a castle, Moulin de la Restanque for gourmet olive oils

Argens-Minervois: beautiful village built around a 14th century castle, wine tours at the Musée de la Vigne et du Vin in Lézignan-Corbières (5km away)

Homps: short walk to Lake Jouarres for swimming, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing

Your boating holiday weekend on the Canal du Midi is coming to an end so it is time to think about the return journey to the Nicols base at Le Somail

Canal boats available

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A wonderful break under the Midi sun!
We’re regulars when it comes to boating holidays in France – having enjoyed a cruise every year since 2002! This time we chose an itinerary on the Canal du Midi and had a wonderful weekend in the warm and sunny climate of the south of France.

Luc, Fleurance