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Situated on the slopes of the Pyrenees, visitors can admire the beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Escaladieu. This Romanesque building, built in 1142, served as the final resting place of the Counts of Bigorre. On the road to Compostela, it experienced a boom period and became an important place of worship.
In accordance with the Cistercian project, the abbey followed what was known as the "Bernardin" plan. Thus, the monks from noble families and monks of peasant stock were separated in the buildings.
It's especially pleasant to walk in the cloister in summertime and soak up the meditative ambiance.
The Abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa is a Benedictine monastery built at the foot of Mount Canigou. You can visit this rare religious monument, surrounded by orchards, which reflects the history of Catalonia in the Middle Ages.
This spiritual place which is still is use today, also draws visitors for its fine architecture. The southern tower is probably the most notable element of the complex. But continue your visit into the cloister, which is one of the largest in the region.
The abbey complex as a whole will amaze you.
At 950 metres above sea level, in a beautiful beech forest overlooking waterfalls, Akrobranch d'Orlu offers adventure trails that combine treetop assault courses with climbing and via ferrata,as well as a canyoning route. Choose from 12 varied adventure trails for children and adults alike.
You can also enjoy the paintball area, a walk along the waterfall trail, a picnic area next to a playground, and the Bistrot des Forges.
Discover the unique setting of Beille's Nordic area, for a wonderful sledding adventure. With the Grand Nord excursion, enjoy a half-hour ride, pulled by a dedicated team of dogs. Behind you, the sled is steered by talented mushers, always keen to share their passion. With the "Grand Trappeur" sled-driving excursion, spend half a day at your dogs' pace, steering your own sled.
With the "World of Sled Dogs" activity, enter the fascinating world of sled dogs with the added opportunity to try out a horse-drawn sleigh ride with a Mérens horse, the Black Prince of Ariège, and its sleigh
Bagneres de Bigorre is famous for its thermal waters. So why not take the opportunity to relax at the Aquensis spa; the relaxing spa of your dreams. Unwind in the swimming pool or in the Grand Bassin whirlpool where guests are immersed in the thermal waters of Bagneres de Bigorre.
Next comes the Hammam, or contemplate the peaks from the open air Jacuzzis! The more sportive can improve fitness levels, with bodybuilding and aerobics also on the programme. Ultimately well-being comes first at Aquensis!