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The Fontestorbes fountain

Extraordinary and mysterious

The Fontestorbes fountain is a geological curiosity unique in the world for its power. It is known for its natural intermittence phenomenon, which takes place around mid-July to mid-November, during which it offers visitors a delightfully refreshing break.

A mystery

finally unveiled

For a very long time, the Fontestorbes fountain remained a real mystery… Classified as a natural site in 1921, its waters cascade from a monumental porch opened in a cliff. The spring flows steadily most of the year, but in periods of low water ,the resurgence exhibits intermittencies that no one could explain.

It wasn’t until 1965 that the cause of this curious phenomenon was demonstrated by Alain Mangin, an engineer at the CNRS in Moulis. He explained these interruptions by the presence of a pipe with an upstream air intake.

How do I get there?

By car

From Lavelanet, head towards Bélesta (9km away), go through the town and follow the sign to the Fontestorbes fountain.

After 1.5 kilometers, you will find a small parking area right next to the site.

Good to know

During the summer, a tourist welcome point is opened from July to August in Fontestorbes : come and see us ! We’ve got plenty of great ideas for extending your stay!

After your visit, a little break is a must : have a break for a little snack or a picnic. And to prolong the pleasure, take the children “crapahuter” (to explore by moving in all directions ) and expend themselves, at the accrobranche course, located nearby.

To do

  • The village of Montsegur
  • The castle of Montsegur