Locks, bridges and aqueducts linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean a total of 240km (149 miles) This canal the amazing brain child and work of Pierre – Paul Riquet (a salt tax baren) was completed in 1681. It was the greatest engineering feat of its time and revolutionised local economies. It was the life blood of trade in the region. It still plays an important role with its pastoral environment it is enjoyed by cyclists, walkers and cruisers. The tourist trade!