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The bike path along the Canal Du Midi is unpaved but in good condition.
From Trebes to Marseillette, you will be cycling along the south bank of the Canal Du Midi. In Marseillette you will have to cross over to the north bank, either at the west side or the east side of the village.
Ecluse de Trebes, triple lock. Km 118.184 Height 7.89 m. Two mills situated on the north side. Partly carved out of bedrock. According the the original plans for the Canal Du Midi, it was here in Trebes that the canal would end. The original plans of 1666 indicated that the canal boats would join the Aude River in Trebes. The Aude River would provide the link to the Mediterranean Sea. Trebes is the middle point of the Canal Du Midi bike route, being equidistance from Toulouse and the Etang de Thau.
Ecluse de Marseillette, 1674, single lock. Km 127.394 Height 3.6 m.
Rustiques has a small museum that is open on Tuesday and Friday from 10AM to 12PM, in summer only from 15 june to 15 september. Other times of the year by reservation. Guided tour of the village, its medieval garden, the church, the chateau, and the museum in English, German, French, and Dutch. Tour takes two hours, so you must arrive at 10AM. For more info click here.
Guided Tour in Rustiques
Badens is truly a very small village. In 1993, it celebrated its 1000 year anniversary. The baker made a cake which he baptized " le millénaire" and everybody dressed up in Medieval clothing. Nothing else has happened since then. If you like peace and quiet then Badens is for you.
Marseillette is bordered to the north by the "Étang asséché de Marseillette" or "drained lake of Marseillette." Millions of years ago the sea covered these lands. When the sea slowly retreated, it left behind Etangs, or lakes. The Etang would flood in spring and fall when it rained, and become dry in summer. Mosquitos were a problem for the locals during this time, and the land was of little use. In 1626 a canal was dug from the Etang to the Aude River, passing through Puicheric. The Etang could be drained now. However, this drainage canal was not maintained and the Etang started to fill up again. In 1789 the descendants of Paul Riquet (who owned the Canal Du Midi) buy the Etang in the hopes of making it a water retaining pond for the Canal Du Midi. The French Revolution, however, puts a stop to this plan. source
Seven communities encroach on the pond. In the year 1800 Anne Lawless, an Irish national, buys the whole pond in four years. In 1850, the pond changed hands. It became the possession of the Camman family, which built a hydroelectric plant there, improved irrigation and developed the road network. A tunnel was also made from the Aude River to the Etang, to provide a controlled flow of fresh water to the fields.
Nowadays, Marseillette pond is a rich agricultural land that houses a very extensive orchard, a vineyard, a few acres of cereals and rice fields. The roads here are easy to cycle, as they are flat.
Rice fields in Marseillette
Cooking by the Canal Du Midi offer a one day classic French cooking class with lunch in a fun and relaxed atmosphere at Millepetit, a working farm and wine Domaine with 13th century origins a few kilometers east of Trebes. Whether you are on a boat, on a bike, or by car, you can enjoy this unique experience.
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