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WATER IN ALL ITS MOODS
From Saint-Ferréol to the Canal du Midi

Duration
1
day
Budget
Access to the lake is free (watersports available – charged for). Visit to Museum and Canal du Midi Gardens: €1.50. Visit to Museum of Wood and Marquetry: €5
Features
  • Beautiful, protected green open space
  • Mediterranean environment
  • Pine trees and beach ideal for swimming
  • Close to the Montagne Noire
  • Cultural riches close by
The best period
  • Automne
  • Eté
  • Printemps

The sources of the Canal du Midi: at Saint-Ferréol Lake, south-east of Toulouse, the beach awaits! Walks, picnics, swimming and relaxing – and also culture and lots of things to explore.
A day devoted to water.

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Marché de Revel
Le marché de Revel

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.

Original

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.

Lac de Saint-Ferréol
Le lac de Saint-Ferréol

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.

Did you know?

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.

Base de loisirs de St-Ferréol
Base de loisirs de St-Ferréol

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.

Canal des 2 Mers
Le Canal des 2 Mers

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.

Did you know?

The Canal has a total of 64 locks along its 240km length between Toulouse and Thau Lake, close to the Mediterranean.

Where to sleep and eat, what to do?

Camp site

CAMPING EN SALVAN

VAUDREUILLEHaute-Garonne

All-inclusive holidays

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.

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Canal du Midi by bike

TOULOUSEHaute-Garonne
Latitude: 43.436678000000
Longitude: 2.024753000000
How to get there
  • By car : from Toulouse, take the D18 towards Revel.
  • By air : arrive at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport, then continue by car as listed above.