Overwhelming nature at Gorges de Colombières

By September 13, 2019NATURE, TO DO
TO DO | NATURE
Gorges de Colombières

It’s hard to believe, but I only discovered the Gorges de Colombières this summer. To my surprise, these beautiful gorges are not very far from the more famous Gorges de Héric, but are somehow less frequented. Which is weird, because it is a gorgeous spot, with stunning landscapes, right in the heart of the ‘Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc’.

Plunge

I wanted to do a hike around the gorges, but the family wasn’t as enthusiastic as I. So, I figured out that I had to tempt our kids with a reward if they completed the walk with me. Without whining that is. I don’t know how you get your children to walk with you, but our threesome isn’t that keen on hiking anymore. However, when I promised them a swim in a very cool place, their curiosity was sparked.

Gorges de Colombières

Colombières-sur-Orb

We parked our car behind the Mairie of Colombières-sur-Orb, which also is the starting point for some hikes. I couldn’t make my family do the big 5-hour hike while it was still over 30 degrees outside. Therefore, we decided to walk the shorter 2-hour walk called ‘Les Balcons d’Arles’ around the village. A beautiful trail, but it didn’t take us into the canyon. So, when we arrived back at the parking lot, we headed to the little nearby bar. After some well-earned refreshments, we climbed the impressive rocks and finally arrived in the actual Gorges de Colombières.

Gorges de Colombières

Gorges

Despite the name of the village- Colombières-sur-Orb- it is actually the Arles streamlet that flows through the Gorges de Colombières and not the River Orb. The terrain is also rougher than the Gorges d’Héric, which might explain why fewer people visit it. After climbing the larger rocks at the beginning, we followed a narrow, unsteady path, which led us to the gorge. It was worth the effort though, as we soon reached some incredible naturally formed pools with crystal clear water, perfect for swimming. In some places, the water was even a sparkling emerald green!

Gorges de Colombières

Pools

The kids soon forgot about the hike we had just completed. Instead, they were preoccupied for quite some climbing and sliding from the rocks into the cold water. We tried to scramble up the canyon a bit further, discovering more gorgeous pools. Some of them are really deep, while others have small waterfalls. We all fell in love with this stunning place, and the kids keep asking me when we are going back. Chuckling to myself, I concluded that, despite the hike, it was a successful day-out after all.

Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc

Info

The Gorges de Colombières are a magnificent natural site where you can follow several different hikes or take a dip in one of the naturally formed pools. Needless to say, these rock pools are unsupervised and you swim at your own risk. As the gorges are quite rough, I recommend you wear suitable shoes. At the start of the canyon, you will find a little bar that serves refreshments and small dishes. However, I suggest you bring plenty of water and food with you for when you enter the gorge, as there are no other restaurants or shops along the way. And, if you want, you can get more information about the gorges at the tourist offices in Mons-la-Trivalle or Lamalou-les-Bains.

Parking

You can park your car for free behind the Mairie of Colombières-sur-Orb. From here, you can access several hikes as well as the Gorges de Colombières and the nearby bar (up the path).

Office de Tourisme Lamalou-les-Bains
1 Avenue de Capus
34240 Lamalou-les-Bains
+33 (0)5 67 95 70 91

website

Office de Tourisme Mons-la-Trivalle
Avenue de la Gare
34390 Mons-la-Trivalle
+33 (0)4 67 23 02 21

website

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