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Discovering the treasures of the Hautes Pyrenees

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Caves, grottes, castles, abbeys, parks... a splendid voyage through history.

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With the Pyrenees as a spectacular back-drop this is a wonderful voyage back in time, when hunting was with spears... then move on a little to the time of moats and dungeons, before discovering the many traces left by the monks at the Escaladieu Abbey. Leap forward into the 21st century with the modern world of tree-top adventure, roundabouts and trampolines...

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From 649 € /family Based on 2 adults + 2 children

  • 8 days/7 nights in a 3 star Clevacances gite
  • 1 family pass for the chasm of Esparros and the Labastide caves
  • 1 family pass for the Chateau of Mauvezin
  • 1 family pass for Cistercian abbey at Escaladieu
  • 1 family pass for the N’Co adventure park
  • 1 family pass for the Demi-Lune adventure park

Contact Monique
to book this holiday package or receive informations

By mail By phone 33 (0)5 62 56 70 00

The strengths

  • The Esparros caves, classified site
  • Labastide interactive pre-history museum
  • The Gaston Febus chateau
  • The quiet of the Abbey
  • Treetop adventure for all the family
  • A journey of Perrault tales

A family voyage back in time to re-live the local history... Discover one of the most beautiful cave networks of the Pyrenees, a protected and classified site, follow in the steps of the stone-age hunters in their cave dwellings. Meet Gaston Febus, one of major personalities of the Middle Ages, enter into his chateau which he transformed into an impenetrable fortress. Enjoy the peacefulness of the Escaladieu Abbey, a magical place with a very pure archictectural style.
Then it is treetop adventure, in total security, before discovering the tales of Charles Perrault in a setting fit for a king.

A delightfully renovated ancient house, it is located in a village on the edge of the Neste river. The gite is an extension of the owner's property, it has its own entrance and is just 300 metres from the village centre.

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This is a gentle and soft landscape, the valleys, the colours, the passage of time… life passes slowly, the locals are welcoming… For the afternoon? Either the chasm at Esparros or the caves of Labastide, enjoy a picnic with your feet in the waters of the Gourge d’Asque, visit the Cistercian abbey at Escaladieu or the Chateau of Mauvezin, meet local craftsmen and women, wood carvers, potters, felt-makers…

You will adore

- The rolling landscape and the walking trails of the Pacte de Loups (wolves) or the Little Amazon of the Pyrenees
- The remarkable Cistercian Escaladieu Abbey
- The Demi-Lune adventure park and the voyage with the storytelling theme of Perrault
- The Pass to visit the chasm of Esparros and the Labastide caves
- The Spa centre of Edenvik at Capvern les Bains with its Viking theme

The Esparros caves

A classified site. One of the best cave networks in the Pyrenees with many fine stalactites and stalagmites, formed in Aragonite, a true rock crystal. The visit is accompanied by a 'son et lumiere', through the vast galleries whose walls are covered in curtains of Aragonite, gypsum and calcium, a real mineral garden. This protected site is unique.

The Pre-history museum of Labastide

An interactive prehistory visit following in the steps of stone-age hunters who lived here 15000 years ago. It is located in a valley where water has created the scenery with cliffs and caves... the interactive experience will help you appreciate the life of prehistoric man. Learn how to make fire, to create light with a grease lamp, then penetrate deep into the mysterious caves where video, sound and light will help you better understand the lives of our stone-age ancestors, their culture and rituals... then it is off hunting, learn how to lance the ancient spears, there is a lovely wall painting workshop for children. Finally an prehistoric acrobatic circuit for children.

The Mauvezin chateau

Constructed by the Counts of Bigorre in the 9th century and remodeled by Gaston Febus at the end of the 14th century. With its square and its dungeon in the form of a quadrangle it is a characteristic example of mediaeval military architecture. There is a mediaeval festival in August, with shows and concerts every Sunday in July, August, and September.

The Escaladieu Abbey

Many hundreds of years ago the white monks of Burgundy wanted the right to live a life of fraternity, poverty and humility and settled where the Luz and Arros rivers meet. Here they established a monastery under the protection of the powerful Mauvezin chateau and the Count of Bigorre. They gave it the name 'Stairway to Heaven' (Echelle vers Dieu). the simple beauty of the site today shows this spirit. Under its delicate coating of pink stone and ochre tiles the abbey has elegant sober lines. The vaulted capitals of brick and stone repose on red Campan marble columns, they are completely intact to this day. The buildings of the 12th and 13th centuries would also have seen the monks presence, it was also the era of Madame de Maintenon and the courtesans who used the baths in the surrounding villages. Today it is a place of peace and tranquility where the invisible past is ever present.

  • From 649 € /family -
  • Based on 2 adults + 2 children

The price includes

7 nights in a 3 star Clevacances gite, charges - 1 family pass for the chasm of Esparros and the Labastide caves - 1 family pass for the Chateau of Mauvezin - 1 family pass for the Cistercian abbey - 1 family pass for the N’Co adventure park -1 family pass for the Demi-Lune adventure park - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Security deposit - End of stay cleaning - Local taxes - Cancellation insurance.

Validity

All year
Reserving in advance is necessary for the chasm and the caves

Between two epochs

Explore a splendid area full of unspoiled authenticity

Amazon in the Pyrenees

The Gourge d'Asque - a lovely walk following a stream with sign boards along the trail to explain your surroundings, the wildlife... perfect for all the family!