A barge cruise in France is one of the best ways to explore the lesser known towns, villages and cities of this wonderful country. Our classic cruise down the Canal du Midi will take you to some of the most beautiful, historical and fascinating places in all of France, such as Roubia, Narbonne and our personal favourite, Lagrasse.
A Top Stop on a Barge Cruise in France: The Village of Lagrasse
The tiny village of Lagrasse is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, and dates back to around the eighth century. The surrounding area to which it belongs is known as the Corbieres wine region and produces the most vino in all of France… so it’s no surprise the wine available in this village is top notch.
Its two main attractions are the bridges (one of which dates back to 1303) and the Abbey of Sainte-Marie. The abbey, which was constructed in the eighth century, was used until the French Revolution in the late 1700s, a time when many of the country’s monasteries dissolved. It lay dormant and neglected for about 150 years afterwards until it was restored. Today, it is actively in use by a community of priests.
Fun Fact: It isn’t just our opinion, Lagrasse is a member of the “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” which means it is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in the entire country.
The architectural wonders in Lagrasse are sure to impress everyone from experts to novices. The aforementioned abbey is home to some of the best in the entire village. It features a Romanesque church from the eleventh century, a dormitory for the monks that has a vault in timber framework, a cloister with a marble-sculpted arch and an octagonal bell tower that is 40 meters high.
When it comes to a barge cruise in France, Lagrasse is a truly unique destination. Join us aboard our classic Canal du Midi cruise and discover this gorgeous village for yourself.