Natural Resources Day; mineral and water! Discover the largest open-air talc quarry in the world! Follow the extraordinary course of the water in our mountains, from the dam to the tap.


Ariège Pyrenees

South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]


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1 - Guided tour from your bus of the Luzenac talc quarry*

11h00: At an altitude of 1800m, on giant bleachers, men are working. At the controls of enormous machines, they discover, extract, sort and transport talc, the softest and most tender rock on our earth. Facing them, the high chain of the Pyrenees unrolls its snowy peaks.

* In case of rain or fog, the visit to the talc quarry will be canceled and refunded. A substitute ''heritage and flavor'' visit is possible at the Moulin de Sinsat, built in the XNUMXth century and where the ''Biscuits du Moulin'' shop is located. The visit is punctuated by a tasting of artisanal biscuits.

2 - Lunch at the restaurant ''Le relais mountainnard à Orlu''

12h15: Menu with wine and coffee included
Gourmet salad
Duck breast with honey sauce - Sarladaise potatoes
Homemade apple crisp

3 - Visit of the hydroelectric power station of Orlu

14h00: The only hydroelectric power station that can be visited in Ariège! Accompanied by a specialized guide, this tour allows visitors to discover the 3rd hydroelectric power station in Ariège indoors and outdoors, as well as its operation (turbine, alternator, etc.). Also to be discovered: an exhibition space with models, videos, interactive terminals and animations.

4 - Gourmet stop at the huts

16h00: Tasting of local and artisanal products at the Maison Lacube boutique.

Prices / Validity

Adult: 35 €
Price Min. Max.
(from 15/05/2023 to 13/10/2023) Min. €35

Payment method

  • Bank / credit card
  • Cheque
  • Vacation check
  • Cash
  • Bank transfer

The price does not include

Transport, travel cancellation insurance.

The price includes

Guided bus tour of the Luzenac talc quarry – Lunch with wine and coffee included - Visit to the hydroelectric power station in Orlu - Tasting of local products at Maison Lacube.