By bike on the greenways...

By bike, on foot, on horseback, but above all at your own pace, explore the many kilometers of greenways developed from the Canal du Midi to Saint-Chinian, in the heart of the Occitanie region. Cross the magnificent landscapes shaped by vineyards, scrubland and olive fields.

The Capestang-Cruzy greenway Camin'Arts

This Greenway of almost 12 km was created by following the route of the old railway line which formerly left from Colombiers, it now connects Capestang and the Canal du Midi, to the old Cruzy station, transformed into restaurant, passing near villages like Puisserguier, Creissan and Quarante.

It plunges you into the heart of nature, surrounded by vast vineyards, scrubland, pine woods, fields of olive trees and small streams… In addition, this greenway has the particularity of welcoming works of contemporary art along its route.

Departure : You can park near the Tourist Office in Capestang.

You will follow the canal, and the starting point of the cycle path is at the old station. To get there, take the road that goes up opposite the iron bridge.

From Cruzy, access is also easy, with parking available at the “Le Terminus” restaurant.

The greenway of Saint-Chinian- Canal du Midi

There are nearly 33 km of trails, from Saint-Chinian to the Canal du Midi via Cessenon-sur-Orb, Cazouls-lès-Béziers (where you will find a bike stop), Maureilhan and Colombiers, which are developed into greenways.  Between Saint-Chinian and Maureilhan, the track follows the old Saint-Chinian local railway line, Béziers Gare du Nord. Then between Maureilhan and the Canal du Midi, it takes municipal roads with low traffic.

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Greenway of nearly 33 km between Saint-Chinian and the Canal du Midi.

 

This greenway is sure to delight cycling and hiking enthusiasts. hiking, with numerous possibilities for connection to circuits Moutain Biking FFC of Saint-Chinianais Terroir.

Departure : From Saint-Chinian, rue de l'Ancienne Voie Ferrée. Easy parking near the Tourist Office in Saint-Chinian which is labeled “Accueil Vélo” (Allée Gaubert).
Take the opportunity to explore the village of Saint-Chinian and its AOC wine estates, take a swimming break in the Orb in Cessenon, discover its cultural heritage through its picturesque streets, indulge in activities sports at the base of Réals, and enjoy gourmet cuisine at Pont de Réals.

The Canal du Midi greenway project

Inscribed on the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO on December 7, 1996, the Canal du Midi is the result of a project that remained in the dream state for centuries.
Only the perseverance of one man, Pierre Paul Riquet, made it possible to realize this audacious idea: creating and maintaining an artificial watercourse 240 km long, 10 to 20 meters wide and 2 meters deep, connecting the Garonne, therefore the Atlantic Ocean, to the Mediterranean, using the technical and topographical means of the XNUMXth century, at the time of Louis XIV


Just like the railways of yesteryear, the Canal du Midi served as a waterway for the transport of goods across France, from one end of the country to the other. Today, tourism has taken over, and the towpaths are gradually transforming into cycle routes, offering the opportunity to enjoy the freshness that reigns along the canal and to admire the magnificent landscapes crossed by this feat of 'engineering.

To prepare for your excursion, specialized agencies can help you by offering all-inclusive packages.

It should be noted that currently cycling the towpath is possible, but requires authorization from VNF (Voies Navigables de France, contact) and a mountain bike is preferable to cope with the condition at times. neglected from the path.

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