Boat trips along the Garonne run regularly from March to November. In high summer, riverside beach games and sunbathing areas pop up around the city for Toulouse Plages, usually from late July to late August.

Don’t Miss: Wondrous Waterways of Toulouse

Whether you’re awed by the feats of engineering behind the Canal du Midi or just seeking breezy respite from the city, head to Toulouse’s waterways. Here are a few ways to unwind along the water.

  • Short boat cruises From March to November, boat trips run along the Garonne from the quai de la Daurade. Trips start at around €10/5 per adult/child for an hour's cruise. Booking is wise in high summer, or if you’re a big group, but you can buy tickets on the boat up to 10 minutes before departure.
  • Musée et Jardin du Canal du Midi Sixty kilometres southeast of Toulouse, this museum shines a light on the 17th-century canal that transformed trade in France. The fountain-filled gardens make a refreshing stroll too.
  • Captain your own canal boat No experience is required to cruise the Canal du Midi under your own steam, if you hire a vessel from Locaboat.
  • Embark on an epic cycle ride Pedal along the 139km Toulouse–Carcassonne stretch of a new cycle route linking the Atlantic and Mediterranean, following the Canal du Midi. Beyond Lauragais, about halfway, the track becomes rough, unmarked and beyond the capabilities of a standard bike. Learn more at www.canaldes2mersavelo.com.