Midi-Pyrénées has no direct link with the Sea but a huge network of canals, mainly used for cargo transport and river boating as a leisure. Rivers are also used a lot. Canals are thus ideal to discover the regional beauties.
|Travelling to Midi-Pyrénées by Sea|
|Main Harbours||Midi-Pyrénées has no harbour, but an extensive network of canals (240 km), allowing to travel at a different pace:
• Pierre-Paul Riquet decided in 1662 he would do a revolution in the world of cargo transport between the (atlantic) ocean and the (mediterranean) sea.
• For 14 years, 12,000 workers, including women and children worked on this project, digging between Toulouse and Sète. Tunnels are dug in the mountains and all obstacles are overcome.
• The Canal du Midi opened officially as the Canal Royal de Languedoc in 1681. It was also referred to as the Canal des Deux Mers.
|Canals Network||The canals are used for touristic itineraries and freight transport.|