TAUTAVEL

Au cœur du pays catalan, Tautavel, charmant village viticole, vaut le détour pour plus d’une raison. Il a acquis sa notoriété grâce à la Caune de l'Arago, une grotte préhistorique qui a abrité le plus ancien européen connu : l’Homme de Tautavel, il y a 450 000 ans. Le Musée de Tautavel et le Musée des Premiers Habitants de l’Europe proposent notamment d’admirer une reproduction de la grotte la Caune de l'Arago et le fameux crâne découvert dedans par Henry de Lumley. Ludiques et pédagogiques les ateliers du Musée, proposés à chaque période de vacances scolaires, permettent de s’initier entre autres à certaines techniques ou de fabriquer des objets préhistoriques. D’autres animations et fêtes autour de la préhistoire ponctuent l’année. Il est aussi agréable de se promener dans le village, de se reposer à l'ombre de ses platanes ou déguster ses vins à la cave. Et si vous êtes en forme, alors grimpez au château et à la torre del Far, véritable "sentinelle du Roussillon". Vous bénéficierez d’un panorama exceptionnel !

TO SEE – TO DO

The Tautavel Museum –and the European Centre of Prehistory
The Tautavel Museum has a unique collection of palaeontological and prehistoric items, including the skull of the Tautavel Man which dates back 450,000 years and the oldest prehistoric men of France (560,000 years). The area Les Premiers habitants de l’Europe, located 300 metres away, displays prehistoric men from Spain, Italy, Georgia and France. Numerous events and activities are included in the tour. Open all year.
Information: +33 4 68 66 30 30 https://450000ans.com/

Two discovery paths of the village
Created by the artists Freddy and Marido Secall, these mosaics embellish the walks.
« The Prehistoric Man » shows the principle evolutions and pathways of Mankind
« The Wine-making Man » is a reference to the 3 major types of grape varieties and vineyard work undertaken all year by wine growers.

The Tour del Far  
On the top of a hill which separates Tautavel from Cases-de-Pènes, this Del Far Tower (or Torre des Far) was a watch tower monitoring the threats of any enemies which could send signals as far away as Opoul and Salses.

The Saintes Puelles Chapel
It can be found on the road leading to Estagel upon leaving Tautavel. This chapel is dedicated to the Saints Pueulles, two sisters. The chapel is closed all year-long and only opens during Heritage Days.

The remains of the feudal castle.
Accessible by the Tour del Far hiking path, this castle gave its name to the village. It overlooks the municipality. Its outer wall and donjon are still visible.

The Gouleyrous gorges 
This remarkable nature site is highly popular with climbers, hikers and water-sport lovers. These gorges were eroded naturally by the Verdouble which takes its source in the Mouthoumet Mountain in the Aude department.
The cliffs have recently been equipped with 377 rock-climbing paths.

 

The artwork visible in the village
Take some time to stroll through the Tautavel streets and admire the scattered artworks done by six artists in the village :
 – The two bronze statues by André Bordes. 
 – The Wall de Raymond Moretti, grande fresque de 40m de long.
 – 10 mosaics along the paths of the “Prehistoric Man” and the “Wine-growing Man” and the mosaic fresco in sandstone and terra cotta, 3m by 10m regarding the Universality of Mankind by Freddy and Marido Secall.
 – The sculptures in steel by Francis Alis.
 – The sculptures in marble by Iris Vargas.

More info in the catalogue “Tautavel, the Land of Arts and Culture” available at the Tautavel Tourist Office.

The Arago Cave 
This cave has become internationally attractive and famous since the discover of the Tautavel Man. Just 3 km from the village, it’s accessible from the gorges and overlooks this remarkable site from 80m. The cave is open to the public during any on-going excavations which take place each year from April to the end of August. An interesting and adventurous visit to be reserved in advance.

Terroir et Viticulture
Tautavel boasts the wine appellation Côtes du Roussillon Village Tautavel. The vineyards sit on clay-limestone soils. Wines produced from these terroirs (Tautavel and Vingrau) are intense and ample with notes of ripe fruits, garrigue earth and spices.

Most wineries are happy to welcome tourists for wine-tasting and visits. For more information, go to: www.roussillon.wine.

More information: :
https://450000ans.com/
https://www.tautavel.com/
http://www.agly-tourisme.fr/

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Tourist Office:
Palais des Congrès, rue Anatole France
66720 Tautavel
+33 (0)4 68 29 49 50
tautavel@perpignanmediterraneetourisme.com

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