Clarion Suites Narbonne Ile Du Gua
28 rue de l'Aude
Phone: (33) 4 68414414
Fax: (33) 9 72356026
28 rue de l'Aude, Narbonne, FR, 11100
- Phone: (33) 4 68414414
- Fax: (33) 9 72356026
The guided one-hour visit allows you to discover this beautiful cave situated close to St Pons in the heart of the Parc National Régional du Haut Languedoc. The cave formations have diverse forms and range in color from a red ocher to brilliant white. The Museum of Speleology allows you to further your knowledge about cave geology, as well as the formations and fauna from different time periods. The museum also contains a large collection of original objects and documents relating to the history of cave exploration. On leaving the cave you can follow a botanical nature walk designed to help identify the major plants that compose the Garrigue of the region.
These little "trains" offer the chance for the whole family to admire the magnificent Héric gorge. Famous for its waterfalls, caves and its herds of Mouflons (mountain sheep), the gorge lies at the center of the Parc Naturél Régional du Haut Languedoc. The trains leave from the Tourist office of the village of Mons-la-Trivalle (located along the D908 between Olargues and Lamalou-les-Bains) and follow the D908, six kilometers (four miles) along the gorge. The trip lasts about an hour with the chance of a stop at the highest spot along the route. The gorge is about 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Montpellier.
In addition to an underground river, this cave has also been found to contain evidence of prehistoric habitation. More recently, the most accessible caves have been used for the maturation of Roquefort and some are currently used for aging wine. The guided visit lets you discover three different cave systems: the gallery of fossils, the underground river and the crystal galleries adorned with contorted stalagmites and stalactites. You can also opt for an additional one hour "safari" beyond the caves that have been fully refurbished for easy access. The cave is about an hour from Montpellier via the A75 (direction of Millau) to the exit at Le Caylar.
This center proposes several itineraries including a classic descent of 12 kilometers (seven miles) down gentle rapids and calm waters and a 32 kilometers (20 miles) descent of the river lasting two days with the possibility of either camping or a gîte for the night. Both descents finish in the historic village of St-Guilhem-le-Desert where there is a reception and a free car-park where you can leave vehicles and travel downstream at your own pace.