Fleury is situated at 63 kms from the departmental capital. Since the Battle of Verdun ended in1916, it was captured and recaptured by the Germans and French almost 16 times. And since then it has been unoccupied. This town was totally destroyed in the war and the entire landscape was rendered useless to such an extent that no inhabitants could survive in this place. It was then decided not to rebuild it.
Because earlier the area thrived just on Agriculture and the land had been contaminated by poisonous gases and corpses, not much could have been done to the land used by farmers. This site is renamed as “the village that dies for France” as a commemoration of the testimony to the war. Managed by a municipality now, this place is a war relic in itself. While the rest of France has developed greatly, this little village has retained its roots and is not a part of the modern world.
While the planning of the village while it was being rebuilt, has lent a modern feel to it but the lifestyles and the daily activities are still old and traditional. Fleury is known for places in and around it and keeps the tourist busy throughout the time that they would spend their vacation. From water bodies, to museums, to old buildings and wineries, Fleury in France has everything you could ask for.
When to Go
The best time to visit this place is between the months of March till November every year when the daily average temperature fluctuates between 15 degrees Celsius to 30degrees Celsius.
The winters are extreme and should be avoided. Also there is heavy snowfall at times and then the excursions and tours are cancelled due to bad weather…
Gouffre de l’OeilDoux
This is also called the Gulf of Mild Eye. Made of very high walls of limestone, the green colour dominates the colour of the water and the walls. The walls are as high as 40 m in height and line the entire place. While the water of the gulf is brackish, the salinity content is very high too. The level of the water in this reservoir varies with the rainfall and movement of the tides of the sea.
Calculated at an average of 14m , the depth is measured to the boulder bottom. There is however no record of a penetration gallery. The car does take you close to the place but you will have to park it at a distance and a little brisk walk makes you reach upon the winding road that takes you to this site. Swimming in this zone is not only dangerous but prohibited also. While some people do break the rules and plunge in, the risks involved are far more than the thrill this could give you. This location is also shot in the Jerome Foulon starrer ‘The storm Boy” which released in 1996.
While this may have been created due to the collapse of a ceiling from the Clape, the resurgence can be dated back to the tertiary period, which makes this site a very old and ancient site. There are also a lot of legends and myths that surround the body of this saltwater lake. While some claim that the bodies which drown are never found again, some think this is a lake for which no depth can been calculated.
In reality this cliff is made out of limestone blocks which overlook the vast green colored expanse of water. The only thing that is unfavorable hereis the seeping in of sea water through a small loop hole which makes the waters brackish. This is a magnificent view of the area landing in between the scrubland and the sea. While the area is a space quite close to the sea and good for a long-long walk, but then the children should be kept at a distance from this place. This place is a visit for the nature lovers who find solace in the tranquil and serene nature surrounding them.
Vin d’Ange Wine tours
The best of the Rhone Valley is covered in this tour, along with the tours to Burgundy, Provence, Loire Valley, Champagne and Languedoc Roussillon. Just ideal for a vacation in this area in your own villa amidst the lap of mother nature with blue skies hovering over your head , and the lush green grass beneath your feet. This is one place between the mountains and the sea where you can enjoy the sea waters, the coast, the local restaurants and adventure sports.
Engage in some breath taking wine tastings and laze around in the sun while the others enjoy karting and cultural activities. You may also want to try the horse riding here along the coast. This is one of the most preferred activities, with the waters lashing at the coast and the horses playing hide and seek with the winds.Considered to be one the best locations for beaches in France, this place is an ideal spot for a long holiday. The beautiful placement between the mountains and the sea makes this place perfect for a retreat. Extensive lessons on Kite surfing and hiking will leave you hungry and tired. Before you enjoy a nap under the sun, treat yourself to some mouth-watering delights and awesome wine.
You may also book the tour to the Avignon and very much enjoy the wine tours also. The wineries in Avignon are reputed for producing the best wines in the world. Apart from letting you taste the wines they also offer you tours into the wineries and demonstrate how the wines are fermented and processed. An annual summer festival here is a delight to the tourists. Apart from running the discounts and offers on the various tour packages, the fun and frolic also increase to a huge maxim. While you may enjoying the fragrance of the wines, the air is fresh and the waters make you feel alive again.
ManegeEnfantin, Saint Pierre la Mer
If you have ever dreamt of fine sand, air, walkways, pleasure and pure waters, this is the place to be in. Incredibly lit up with reflections of the sunlight over the sand and waters illuminating your day, this is the best that you could enjoy ever. While this is counted as alocation of global fame for the seaside resorts, everything has been reduced to the minimal urbanization here and this allows you nature at its best –right here!
While you may find many hotels, villas to be rented, accommodation in lodges, the most suggested is the Camping Facility here. This is a large 5 km long sandy beach and is monitoredthroughout the year. While you have the showers that animate the whole place, the sandy beach remains by farthe most attractive part. While on one hand, the range extends to the pond Pissevaches, the other side is theport “Brossolette” “Beach Space” takes its customs from the beach. There are many activities which are targeted to keep the little ones busy. And some activities increase the adventure levels of the adolescents and adults. There are rentable kits for Beach volleyball. Beach soccer is also a common sport that can keep you engaged here. The entire information about the local matches and tournaments can be fetched from the tourism office. Stretched over an area of 1600 sq.metres, this place plays animated sound to add to the effects of the sports activities making you feel as if you are playing an international match in a world stadium.
In the summer of 2012, a huge beach library was also introduced in the area. This makes the people enjoy books of their choice under the sun while you have people playing matches on the golden sands.A magazine is free for borrowing and the other books can also be borrowed for local use at very nominal prices. There is a colorful deck that can be sued by the readers for spending quality time with their books. There are many pergolas in the place and you can relax while you are reading.Complete care is taken to people who are specially-abled also. Beach mats have been put at suitable locations to allow the people who are differently abled to access the entire range. The aid stations also have the swimming facility for the disabled also.This is a dynamic and friendly resort that makes the experience wonderful for one and all.
P’TIT Chef Academy
This place is actually born out of a dream. This place shares a unique sensory journey of the dream of relaxation, de stressing and well-being. There are many discover and care trips here where professionalism and technical expertise of care taking will help you feel much better about your body.
The atmospheres here boast of unique magical sensations to relax every nerve in your body. You can book a stay for a couple of days and feel the wholesomeness and peace about the place.The guest rooms are very comfortable and are equipped with all the amenities to make your stay as comfortable as it can be.
If horses are your love and riding the best way to relax, there are ten hectares of land waiting for you to make you have fun.
This is an all year natural setting of woods and meadows along the valley Of OrneYu may wish to enroll for the equestrian disciplines, thankfully to the education which is imparted by 6 Teachers of excellence. You may also take a stroll to the nearby Ikea store and look the contemporary designs of furniture to ensure a safe, cozy home for your family.
Manoir Sainte Croix
Built in 1600, this manor has a nursery that was established in 1943 by Saint Louice Hospice. It has been inhabited, by the local armies and their horses in 1940’s, Followed by the Secret Service. In 1944, British soldiers occupied this manor for a few weeks.
While the Mansion was in ruins, it was later released and was ready to be returned to its owners. A tour within this manor is a must if you want to see the life style of the early French elite.
It still exhibits the original artifacts and drapes of that time.While the rooms are plush and luxurious, the hallways and lounges are majestic. Now treated as a museum, this is one historical display of France.
Cabanes De Fleury
This is a charming little port and was originally a fishing village which was made of coarse Reed Huts. Today this village is a hollow hamlet located in huge greens and protected lands. Most of the boating trips start from here.
For its authenticity and originality, this is a lovely place. A common port which has its own management, the boats here can be moored on the shore. This adds to the charm of the place. Apart from an extensive launching ramp, there is boat parking space with a fence along with.The shores have been fully equipped with water and electricity. A working bard and a pressure washer are also the facilities provided in house.
Located in the department of Aude this is a site of ancient civilization. It was a beautiful walled village in the middle ages that was built on a hill and overlooked the castle of the Lord of Perignon.
Though this has now been completely destroyed by natural forces,some remnants are also present near the edges of the hills. Just the remnants are enough to explain the grandeur that may have been in this place.
At a couple of hours drive from Fleury is Pezenas, an ancient town with its own history. While the heritage here has been preserved according to the originality of the folklore, this place is one of the best planned towns in France.
Lookout for the ancient touched to the architecture while you pass this place. The wrought iron doors and windows along with the stone work on the walls coupled with wooden fences, give it an absolutely rustic feel. Narrow by lanes talk you through this old town. Many modern hotels provide accommodation with comfort. A very old Jewish Ghetto is also in this area.
This place did have quite a lot of Jewish Influence in the Middle Ages and this Ghetto is to be seen for the way it has been preserved. Also present here is the collegial church of Saint Jean, which is almost a treasure that it houses. The tourist office here has detailed information on the tourist activities here and itself was a barber shop before it was converted to the tourist office. There is also a museum for Toys explicitly displaying the artifacts from the middle ages and also an arts and crafts center which can be toured. While you are here and if you have more time at hand , you may want to tread a little further and visit the Abbey de Valmagne at just a distance of 12 kilometres from here.
France is very famous for fashion and is a fashion hub of the Globe. While cities like Paris house the global Fashion Leaders and Fashion house, the little towns have exclusive markets to cater to the needs of the common man.
Though the weekly market is open all seven days a week, There are certain daily markets also which open for just one day in a week and are the ones that supply the best trends in the market.
A brilliant kitesurfing school which allows you to practice kite surfing safely . This is an area bound by the prefectural walls and you can be safely taken care of. The snacking options are delicious and the combination of good food along with the lakeside view can make this a beautiful experience for you.
There is a very warm and welcoming Surf Club here and the lake presents a beautiful sunset almost every day.
France has been the home to elite and polished class since ancient times and the etiquettes of the people are not to be missed. While the entire county offers delightful touring expeditions and mindblowing sceneries. The wines and the perfumes should be bought back home and gifted to all. While you may enjoy water sports also, this place is perfect for a getaway from nature too. You may want to escape the rustle of the cities and enjoy some quiet time all by yourself. The weather here is pleasant and you can enjoy this to the maximum. Fleury is the local hub for local food and delicacies that boasts of authenticity. Wine and food is the specialty of this place.
Plan a trip to Fleury as soon as you can. This place has exclusive warmth and nature to offer to you. Once you visit this place, the simplicity and the charm will bowl you over and you would feel like returning to this place every now and then. It is Magnetic!