Les Orgues d’Ille-sur-Têt

Just outside the lovely little Languedoc town of Ille-sur-Têt, there’s a unusual rock formation caused by the erosion of the very soft sandstone. They are known as Les Orgues (the organ pipes). I came across it, only because of looking for a place to stop for the night, after a visit to the local Carrefour supermarket for a gas fill and to do some laundry! 

Within a couple of km, there was a rock face where you can clearly see the “organ pipes” taking shape, and after last night’s torrential rain I suspect that process could well have been accelerated!

Site Info: Free parking is available day and night in the carpark adjacent to the ticket office. There are no services. The site is clearly marked as you leave Ille-sur-Têt. GPS 42.686607, 2.621064.  http://tourisme.ille-sur-tet.com/index.php/a-visiter

2 thoughts on “Les Orgues d’Ille-sur-Têt

  1. How amazing! The rock face really does resemble organ pipes. You were so lucky to come across it.

    Your not missing much here. The weather is wet, cold and windy. Just the sort of day to settle down to write reports!!!
    Take care
    k

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  2. Hya – what fascinating geology and erosion. Its a long time since I did basic geography at school, but the layers of the geology look, to me, like alternate sedimentary deposits intersperced with glacial deposits i.e. the small rocks within the overall strata; but don’t quote me on that! Anyway very interesting and well named.
    Best wishes

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