Licence-free boats on the Canal du MidiFrom Homps
Choosing our Homps base will give you the opportunity to navigate one of France’s most emblematic waterways. Treat yourself to a real change of scenery in the Mediterranean sun as you follow the Canal du Midi and decide upon all the sites you wish to discover during your cruise.
Peace and wonder top the agenda for a waterway cruise from Homps
While you’re waiting to pick up your licence-free boat and follow our training session on how to steer it, visit the charming village of Homps. It lies at the heart of the Minervois wine region and is full of treasures, such as Saint Amand church, the construction of which began in the 12th century. As you stroll through the village, you’ll discover ruins attesting to the presence of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem in the region. Before embarking on your houseboat, you can also enjoy a refreshing break by heading to the nautical base on Jouarres lake.
You’ll then be able to take to the water and experience the joys of waterway tourism. You’ll navigate the Canal du Midi, a work of human genius by Baron Riquet. This canal, which features on the UNESCO World Heritage list, takes in breath-taking and unique landscapes and you travel through a diverse range of terroirs.
From the locks to the emblematic sites of the south, an unforgettable cruise awaits
You’ll marvel at the various locks you travel through during your trip. Whether manual or automatic, they’re very much part of the charm of waterway tourism, and every lock on the Canal du Midi is a veritable work of art to be explored. Follow your houseboat along the towpaths on foot or by bike or moor up and make the most of your cruise to discover the region’s emblematic sites. The town of Agde, with its round lock, is an absolute must, along with the medieval city of Carcassonne, with its series of fortifications that are one-of-a-kind in Europe. You’ll also enjoy visiting the many local markets in the villages or getting lost in the vineyards and orchards that are so numerous in the south of France. And if you have more time, don’t hesitate to head for the ‘Pink City’. The journey to Toulouse will prove enchanting, taking you through unique landscapes.
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suggested itineraries Tested and approved
Set off from Homps and navigate as your desires see fit, or follow our itinerary ideas:
|Aller-retour||42km - 10 locks||6h||Homps > Le Somail > Homps|
|Aller-simple||40km - 13 locks||8h||Homps > Carcassonne|
|Aller-retour||80km - 26 locks||16h||Homps > Carcassonne > Homps|
|Aller-retour||122km - 8 locks||21h||Homps > Béziers > Homps|
|Aller-simple||86km - 17 locks||15h||Homps > Agde|
|Aller-retour||192km - 36 locks||30h||Homps > Marseillan > Homps|
|Aller-retour||128km - 36 locks||32h||Homps > Bram > Homps|
|Aller-retour||70km - 28 locks||25h||Homps > Narbonne > Capestang > Homps|
|Aller-simple||143km - 17 locks||27h||Homps > Carnon|
|Aller-retour||280km - 94 locks||60h||Homps > Toulouse > Homps|
|Aller-simple||271km - 53 locks||60h||Homps > Bram > Homps > Carnon|