In Nismes, in the commune of Viroinval, you will find an exceptional geological site, formed through thousands of years of limestone rainwater erosion. You'll feel like you're on another planet as you explore the gigantic fissure that the Fondry des Chiens carves into the surrounding green landscape.
This ‘Belgian canyon’ offers up lush natural surroundings, delicate flora and what can only be described as an atypical landscape. The main ‘fondry’ (naturally-formed chasm) is 100 metres long and 20 metres deep, lined with rocks, irregular fissures and deep caves. It’s almost as if the earth's crust literally cracked before us! Take in the picturesque views from both above and below, with the fascinating angles and contrasting colours all serving to make this a highly Instagrammable location!
Rare and exceptional flora
You'll also get the chance to discover some exceptional flora and fauna, including stunning and rare flowers the likes of wild and globular orchids, along with some magnificent butterflies and lizards. This unique natural setting makes the Fondry des Chiens a real hub for biodiversity. In fact, due to its level of vulnerability, it has been declared a natural protected area.
In short, let yourself be taken by the magic of this place. Take a stroll in the surrounding area and recharge your batteries full of positive energy.
There are plenty of trails to enjoy the surrounding lush countryside and forests, as well as the pretty village of Nismes on the way to Fondry des Chiens. The trails start from the Viroinval tourist information centre, near the church in the centre of Nismes, varying in length and clearly signposted. While they are all accessible for families with children, be sure to keep an eye on your little ones, as visiting the site is not without its dangers. If you don't feel like taking the walk, simply park your car close by the Fondry des Chiens.
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