The rivers in this region of the Pyrenees are known as “gaves”.
The Gave d’Aspe, which cradles the Fountains Of Escot within a 180° meander, is a living and omnipresent force.
to appreciate the layout of the river around the Fountains Of Escot.
The 900m of private river banks are certainly a place of relaxation and healing which gives you a very strong sense of being close to nature.
The french themselves consider this to be one of the most beautiful rivers in France.
A Magical River
Rising in the peaks near the Spanish border this Gave has all the features consistent with the upper course of a mountain river.
Rushing streams and torrents cascade into the main river.
Rapids create white water, waterfalls and whirlpools.
Then stiller and calmer stretches appear with pleasant lagoons that have been eroded into the rocks of the river bank creating coves and natural sculptures.
The rocks of the river bank are sometimes covered in emerald moss providing a rich habitat for insect life and fish.
Just here, at the Fountains Of Escot, the green marble stones “ophite” and snow melt waters turn the river a wonderful aquamarine colour.
The most important factor here at the Fountains Of Escot is access to the river banks! Access is not always available further up or down the river.
A few steps down the hill, from the château, and there you are beside what is without doubt one of the most magnificent and unspoilt Pyrenean rivers.
There is also a lane, from the chateau, leading to the bridge where we have gates giving access to the river terrace and beaches.
If you are looking for an active holiday you can practise all kind of white water sports like: