WATER IN ALL ITS MOODS
From Saint-Ferréol to the Canal du Midi
- Beautiful, protected green open space
- Mediterranean environment
- Pine trees and beach ideal for swimming
- Close to the Montagne Noire
- Cultural riches close by
Unmissable: Revel, a town of art with a great market
The town holds one of the 100 finest open-air markets in France on a Saturday morning, around its 14th-century covered market hall in the Place Philippe VI de Valois, beneath its lavish clock tower.
Quality cabinet-making has deep roots here, thanks to the workshops and craftsmen who carry on this tradition in this town, and make Revel a centre for art furniture.
The Museum of Wood and Marquetry provides information about the close connection which links local cabinet-makers to wood-working, through a multi-media, artistic display.
Below the embankment, there is an unusual little place: it's a romantic park from the 19th century planted with exotic trees, a waterfall and a majestic plume of water which shoots more than 23m into the air.
Explore the Lake
There's nothing like a good warm-up walking round the lake (4.5km). The walk can be done easily in 1hr – part is through the shady pinetrees, with a backdrop of birdsong, along the course of the Laudot, a little stream. You can hear its gentle murmur as it flows alongside part of the lake, then arrives at the beach.
It's an ideal place for joggers, cyclists, and families, and it is very accessible (pushchairs, wheelchairs) for a breath of fresh air just a stone's throw from the city.
Swim or relax – it's up to the individual
In July and August there are lifeguards, so there's no risk. And you can also sunbathe!
After expending effort, you can head for the café terraces for an ice cream, and enjoy the wonderful view over the lake. Yum, what a treat.
St-Ferréol Lake is at 350m above sea level, and captures the waters from the Montagne Noire, and so feeds the Rigole de La Plaine channel. This little channel, cleverly dug with a slight slope, hurtles down a winding course to the Lauragais plain and on to the Seuil de Naurouze Basin, 190m above sea level, where the waters of the sea and the ocean meet.
Wanting adventure? Leisure activities available
Beside the lake, you can enjoy watersports: canoeing, sailing and pedalos, as well as mountain biking, a tree-top adventure course, and so much more – no need for moderation, try them all!
This site has everything you need to spend a thrill-packed day in the midst of unspoilt nature.
On towards the Canal du Midi
After the adventures by the lake, you can cycle down beside the Rigole de la Plaine to the Canal du Midi, via Lenclas Lake. Then you can take your car on to Gardouch, a little port on the Canal, and explore the locks –a pleasant stop along the Canal du Midi.
The Canal has a total of 64 locks along its 240km length between Toulouse and Thau Lake, close to the Mediterranean.
Découvrez notre sélection de séjours et d'itinéraires, au long du Canal du Midi à vélo, ou bien dans un superbe lieu de villégiature au bord du lac de Saint-Ferréol.
- By car : from Toulouse, take the D18 towards Revel.
- By air : arrive at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport, then continue by car as listed above.