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The Aude River gorges


A protected natural environment

The Upper Aude Valley has a wide range of natural heritage shaped by the combination of several factors: the climate, landscape, geology and, above all, human activities. These factors make the Upper Aude Valley a rich and varied region where nature can be enjoyed and where humans make all the efforts to respect and protect the environment.

Educational booklets have been created to help teach environmental issues in this area and increase awareness among local people and visitors. These booklets are available at the Tourist Office.


 

 The Aude River gorges


The gorges of Saint Georges

For thousands of years, the Aude River has eroded the limestone of the Pyrenees and created spectacular gorges. 

The gorges of Saint Georges - upstream from Axat - are the narrowest part of the Upper Aude Valley. The river eroded the rocks creating a 30 metre high canyon, which walls are only 20 metres apart at some point.





The Pierre Lys gorges

For thousands of years, the Aude River has eroded the limestone of the Pyrenees and created spectacular gorges.

The waters of the Aude River have eroded the numerous layers of mrine sediments and created a more than two kilometres, vertiginous canyon.


The history of the gorges [FR only]





 

 

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