NOTE: REDUCED ACCESS TO THE SITE DUE TO EXTENSIVE RESTORATION WORKS.
More information is available in the Discover/Canal du Midi section.
This is the main structure on the Canal du Midi, located at the edge of Béziers. It features eight ovoid-shaped basins (specific to the Canal du Midi) and nine gates that allow boats to be raised and lowered by 21.5 m along a stretch of water extending over 300 m. The technical prowess and civil engineering genius that this represents still impresses visitors to this awe-inspiring site today. Traditional tow barges and buildings such as stables and the lock keeper's house are still in evidence... All of this makes the Fonseranes Locks the third most popular tourist destination in Languedoc-Roussillon after the Pont du Gard and the city of Carcassonne.