Formerly a commercial port, it is now a marina. The port is still a place of exchange and meeting for travellers on the Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi is exceptional for its landscape as well as for its works of art. Heritage lovers will appreciate the outstanding ensemble in Castelnaudary, made up of the port (or small basin), the Grand Bassin and the four St Roch locks. It used to be a major shipping centre where ships were repaired and goods were stored.
Locally, you should see the start of the Canal at the Seuil de Naurouze. Classified as a Grand Site, this large park opens onto an old octagonal basin which carries water to the watershed. The highest point between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, this is where the water chooses its route. During your visit you will see the obelisk erected by the descendants of Pierre-Paul Riquet.
A few kilometres from the Seuil de Naurouze, you will arrive at Port Ségala, a small hamlet built by boatmen who settled there.
Don’t miss the Bistrot de Pays le Relais de Riquet !