The Canal du Midi, which is a major part of the waterway connecting the Meditterranean with the Atlantic, snakes through the Minervois. Apart from the obvious boating pleasures, its shaded towpaths provide delightful walking and cycling routes.
It is, however, vineyards that dominate the Minervois landscape, but not unrelenting vast-scale plantings. The patchwork of vineyards is peppered with olive groves, and fruit orchards (cherry orchards are a feature around Caunes), asparagus fields, and open countryside often affording fine views of the Pyrenees far to the south and west.
Lac Jouarres, near the village of Homps (15 mins. away), is used for swimming and water sports, such as wind surfing. The attractively landscaped lakeside also contains a restaurant. Lac de La Cavayère near Carcassonne is another similar location with many associated entertainments. The close-by village of Peyriac has a municipal swimming pool.