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<b>Ariège (09)</b>Posted by ChanceThe Cave of Niaux © Photo PD by HTO - Wikimedia Foundation
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Grotte du Mas d'Azil (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Grotte du Mas d'Azil</b>Posted by jimit jimit Posted by jimit
4th October 2014ce

The Cave of Niaux (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

<b>The Cave of Niaux</b>Posted by jimit jimit Posted by jimit
4th October 2014ce

Cap del Pouech Dolmen (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Cap del Pouech Dolmen</b>Posted by sals<b>Cap del Pouech Dolmen</b>Posted by sals<b>Cap del Pouech Dolmen</b>Posted by sals<b>Cap del Pouech Dolmen</b>Posted by sals<b>Cap del Pouech Dolmen</b>Posted by sals sals Posted by sals
9th July 2013ce

Dolmen du Sem (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Folklore

Legend has it that Samson was playing with a friend from the village of Orus, throwing stones across the valley, and left this one behind.
Hence its alternative name - Palet de Samson. Palet = puck.
sals Posted by sals
9th July 2013ce

Dolmen du Sem (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Fieldnotes

I thought it was going to be good, but this site still took my breath away (and I don't mean from the climb up to it) and made an instant jump into my "top 10" (dolmens, I can't judge site types against each other).
If you are visiting the stunning Grotte de Niaux, this is only 15 mins or so away ....

South of Niaux, head to the village of Vicdessos. Don't cross the bridge into the village itself - head straight on and up. (The village is lovely, by the way, with a town square complete with bandstand and bunting, and a couple of picnic benches along the riverside.) This road has been used as part of the Pyrenean stages of the Tour de France .... hence steep in places with switchback turns! The dolmen is sightposted from Vicdessos, and there's enough room for a couple of small cars to park at the bottom of the track that leads to it.

There are some uneven steps and potentially a bit of a scramble to get to the top - but wow. And wow again.

A substantial chunk of glacial granite, in the most stunning spot, with views over snowcapped mountains in France, Andorra and Spain.
sals Posted by sals
9th July 2013ce

Grotte du Mas d'Azil (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Fieldnotes

A stunning spot! There's plenty of parking just opposite the cave, and the day we were there, there were people bungee jumping from the outcrop.
The footpath into the cave takes you to the visitors' centre, a strange contrast between hot sunshine with birdsong, into the cool with the roar of the water almost dizzy-making.
The link has details of the visit - as the cave art here is not visible to the public, we just chilled out on the grass for a while.
A great picnic spot for a day out in this area - there's plenty to see!
Oh - and the road to the town actually goes through the cave too .....
sals Posted by sals
8th July 2013ce
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