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The Ocybelles at Nistos

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You cannot get more organic than this. In the heart of the Nistos, the Ocybelles is a natural open-air swimming pool of 800 square metres, there are no chemicals, no pollution, here nature does its own work. The plants are naturally filtering the water whilst you are playing with the kids! Follow the running waters into the caves with their astonishing paintings, then enjoy the superb cooking of Serge at his two 'toques' Gault et Millau restaurant.

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From 480 € /family Based on 2 adults + 2 children

  • 2 days/2 nights in hotel, Logis 3 Cheminées, 2 star Gault & Millau, half board
  • 1 entry (family) for Ocybelles, ecological pools
  • A family pass for the Gargas caves and the Nesplori@ digital pre-history museum

Contact Monique
to book this holiday package or receive informations

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

The strengths

  • A real treat to bathe in natural waters with no chemicals or chlorine
  • The visit to the world famous Gargas cave network
  • Inventive cooking using local seasonal products

Day 1

Arrival and installation in your hotel. Dinner and night.

Day 2

Breakfast.
Day spent at the natural swimming pool of Ocybelles, the pools are set in a vast dedicated area with many activities including beach volley, fitness routes, walks, picnic areas...
Dinner and night in your hotel.

Day 3

Breakfast.
Back to the stone age: visit the Gargas cave network with their mysterious hand paintings and the Nestplori@ digital interpretation centre.

Comfortable hotel 'Distinguished Table'

This 3 star Logis hotel has a magnificent peaceful setting. Your hosts Ghislaine and Serge welcome you to their ancient post relay now converted into a very comfortable hotel whose restaurant has an excellent reputation. Serge is in the kitchen preparing his colourful menu- magret de canard, ice cream made from farm milk, home made jams, taste the seasonal items such as local Porc Noir flavoured with aniseed jus, pear charlotte, let yourself be surprised by the flavours of the earth, the sea, such fantasy. The service is attentive, Serge will guarantee a serene gourmet stay!

Your hotel:

The hotel has 6 bedrooms, a restaurant, a lounge, a terrace with great views, a parking.

Your bedroom 'Charm':

a 160 cms double bed, a double sofa bed for two children, bathroom, toilets

Le Nistos

With its superb natural setting a visit here will take you back in time, all the way from the computer age to prehistoric times. Take a walk up Monte Erge or a stroll to the Calvaire du Mont Ares... Visit the Gargas caves, famous throughout the world due to the wall paintings of over 200 hands, all with missing fingers, nobody has ever understood why. Visit also the brand new digitalised Interpretation Centre, the Pic du Midi motorway halt to try the Pentascope, or a break the Maison de Savoir, innovative and welcoming.

You will adore

- Gargas, the cave network with its mysterious hand paintings and the new Interpretation Centre
- An original walk to the Calvaire du Mont Ares with its 12 chapels, or the walk up Mont Erge
- The Pentascope of the Pic du Midi at the A64 motorway halt of the same name, where you can watch the films 'Guetteurs d'etoiles' which tells the story of the first pioneers at the Pic
- The convivial cafe in the village of Aneres with entertainments on the 22nd of each month
- The proximity to Toulouse, la ville rose.

The Gargas Cave Network

27 thousand years ago stone age hunters lived around the Gargas caves where they left many reminders of their presence. During the visit you can admire the secret art of the hunters with numerous engravings and paintings of animals. You will also discover the enigmatic collection of 200 paintings of hands, all with missing fingers! They remain a mystery to this day to historians... Gargas is a fragile and ancient site so to ensure a proper conservation of the paintings the number of visitors is limited. It is essential to book your visit by phone. Since 2003 the site has undergone a transformation to offer both an enjoyable visit whilst conserving the precious art. An exceptional lighting system using fibre optic and new commentaries allow the visitor to discover the caves in the best possible way.

Nestplori@, the digital pre-history mueum

An innovative museum which uses state of the art digital technology to help the visitor discover the pre-historical age of the Gargas caves in Aventignan. Hunters have left many evidence of the presence. Engravings, paintings, a mysterious collection of painted hands with missing fingers, historians are still trying to understand them... the digital museum will help you unlock many secrets of this exceptional site. By following a fascinating interactive trail you can immerse yourself in pre-history, discover the hands sanctuary (not open to the public) - participate and discover the the many engravings of animals. At an interactive station you can study the painted hands, learn about the conservation and how the caves are protected, and even leave behind a virtual imprint of your own hand.

  • From 480 € /family -
  • Based on 2 adults + 2 children

The price includes

2 nights in hotel, Logis 3 Cheminées, 2 star Gault & Millau, half board - 1 entry (family) for Ocybelles, ecological pools - A family pass for the Gargas caves and the Nesplori@ digital pre-history museum - Booking fee.

The price does not include

Local taxes – Drinks – Cancellation insurance.

Validity

Summer Autumn 2017

Discover the secrets of Gargas:

Follow the tactile trail, it is fun and educational, using the most up to date and innovative digital technology. The visitor can discover a cave which is actually closed to the public, can look for the many animal paintings, and study in detail all the wall paintings through an interactive work station. Learn also how the delicate cave paintings are preserved and even make your own hand print to leave your very own mark.

Some lovely walks:

Make the most of your time here by taking a walk to Mont Erge and a stroll around the Aventignan lake.