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“Awesome landscape”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Gorges de Galamus

Gorges de Galamus
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Awesome landscape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

Here, you really see the "bones of the land" and this is a good double to do with Peyrepertuse. The access road is a bit challenging as are many of the roads in the region - narrow, winding and certainly not for the faint of heart. My advice would be to avoid this in busy summer vacation times, due to often extreme traffic but the experience is breath-taking. Also, make sure you check the weather as this can affect the experience and the views. Ermitage St-Antoine-de-Galamus is another point of interest which is reached by a pathway but again, not for bad weather and not for those uncomfortable with narrow and precipitous areas or with poor mobility. La chapelle is built in the shadow of a natural cave and along with the various Cathar castles, the whole is yet another marvel of building in challenging places. In fine weather you can also see Le Canigou. Like many of these attractions the shop is a bit tacky.

Visited May 2012
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“You feel like a tiny ant moving between the cliff on one side and imposing hanging rocks from another”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2012

The sheer size of the hanging cliffs and tinny narrow pass to drive between them and the deep drop down is overwhelming...And you thought the feeling is over once you reach the packing spot on the other side of the gorge - wrong! Strong wind is pushing you into the gorge with all its' force! A magnificent visual and physical experience of nature

Visited March 2011
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“Amazing rural vistas, spectacular gorges and an ancient monastery hermitage.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

If you approach the drive to this location from St Paul de Fenouillet (on the route D117) you need to follow the signs from the centre of the village out into the countryside. The drive up to the site is a little hair-raising as the road is narrow, steep and winding but the views are incredible. Once you get there you find a large car park with a very small token tourist outlet - gimmicky souvenirs and regional products (biscuits, chocolates...) with views over the surrounding region. To see the gorges or the Hermitage of St Antoine you have to take one of walking paths down from the car park, or if you are not game enough, you can follow the road at the top around to the steps which lead down to the Hermitage. Either way the terrain is not for people with mobility issues. The walking paths are rocky, steep in places and rough but manageable for kids and adults - hang onto the small kids though. Some parts you have to hold onto branches or shrubs as you lower yourself down the path. Don't attempt this during the wet weather or after the rains as you will do the entire trip down on your backside. The gorges cut through the mountain sides and people do swim in them further down stream, don't attempt if you are not a good swimmer though.

The Hermitage is wedged into an open crevasse in the mountain - stunning and amazing - you can go into the chapel and there is a small snack bar selling postcards etc. It is small but a must-see and you wonder how on earth they managed to build it. Coming back to the car - you can return via the walking path...if you feel up to it...or take the steep steps up to the road above the Hermitage and walk around to the car park. About 10 minutes walk - this is a very narrow, seemingly one-way road so take caution as it is actually a two-way traffic system.

Tip: not for people with vertigo, mobility issues or wearers of high heeled shoes. There are no toilet facilities.

Visited July 2011
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