The historic Canal du Midi runs through the heart of the romantic Languedoc in the South of France. Less well known than neighbouring Provence—though equally charming and considerably less crowded—the Languedoc is a renowned winemaking region that produces more than a third of the grapes in the whole of France! But Languedoc is not all AOC wines, open-air markets and foie gras. It’s home to some of Europe’s oldest and most breathtaking castles, ruins and hilltop villages.

If you’re inspired by good wine, fields of sunflowers and lavender, charming villages and Medieval fortresses, the Languedoc and a Canal du Midi holiday promises the holiday of a lifetime.

Whether you’re traveling as a multi-generational family or as a couple looking for a sociable and special way to holiday, the region surrounding the Canal du Midi is a rich and diverse jewel with much to offer to suit all tastes. It’s home to the Medieval storybook castle of Carcassonne; it’s a hill walker’s paradise; it’s buzzing with town markets rich in fresh produce and the best baguettes you’ll ever taste; it’s one of the most vibrant and exciting wine regions in France.

So, whether your dream holiday is about tasting regional food and wine, exploring historical hilltop villages or pushing your limits with energy-demanding sporting activities, Athos will customize a Canal du Midi holiday of your dreams. And, if that’s not enough and you’re keen to go further afield, a Canal du Midi holiday is just two hours by train to the thrilling, cultural hub of Barcelona.

Getting to the Languedoc for your Canal du Midi holiday isn’t complicated. Regular, direct train service runs between Paris Gare de Lyon or Paris CDG to Beziers station and takes about 4.5 hours. Equally, train services to Beziers connect from Toulouse, Barcelona or Marseille. Hire cars can easily be picked up or dropped off at Beziers Vias Airport. It’s your time to discover the Languedoc and a Canal du Midi holiday.