Canalettes Caves – Eastern Pyrenees
The Canalettes Caves are located near the village of Villefranche de Conflent in the Eastern Pyrenees.
Just a 5-minute drive from Vernet les Bains and Le Mas Fleuri.
The Cave of the Great Canalettes is part of a vast underground network of canals and lakes, the Canigou massif, discovered in 1951 by Mr. Motte, and presented in 1957 to Henri Salvayre, hydrogeologist and specialist of the underground world.
Villefranche de Conflent: Caves des Canalettes
The Cave of the Great Canalettes can be visited almost all year round, without a guide. The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend a day on a site unique in France, very pleasant both in hot weather (the cave has a constant temperature throughout the year) or in case of bad weather.
Remember to book your hotel before you arrive for the best rate. See you soon in the Pyrénées Orientales.
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Visit Villefranche de Conflent
If you are visiting the Pyrénées-Orientales, do not hesitate to book one or two days of your stay to visit the inescapable village of Villefranche-de-Conflent, one of the most beautiful villages of France.
The city of Villefranche de Conflent
Villefranche de Conflent is a small village that hides wonders. Every year, the city welcomes many tourists from all over the world, wishing to discover the ramparts, Fort Liberia, the Romanesque church of Saint-Jacques, the Cova Bastera, as well as the caves of the small and large Canalettes. So why not be next? Do not hesitate to book your stay at the hotel Le Mas Fleuri, located in the middle of the mountains. A quiet and relaxing family place just a 5 minute drive from the village. What better to ask? And the icing on the cake: rates are available!
A medieval city to visit!
Villefranche de Conflent is a medieval city, fortified in the XVII century by Vauban. The fortifications of this ancient capital of Conflent have undergone many changes over the centuries. One of the most important is the Vauban. From 1679 onwards, he strengthened and enhanced the village walls, building a barracks, a hospital, bastions, powder-keg, and edifying Fort Liberia.
Don’t forget the ramparts!
After taking a stroll in the city, do not hesitate to visit the ramparts. They help you understand the defense system of the small village.
It is also advisable to organise a visit to the Fort Liberia which offers an incomparable setting. The access is made by shuttle from the village or by the path laid out in the mountain. You will be able to take the underground said of the thousand steps.
And to finish your stay in beauty, do not forget to visit the Cova Bastera, this natural cave that will take you on a journey of prehistory these days. Note that the cave was designed by Vauban to protect the bastion Corneilla.