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Visit the fairies in Etalle

Some say that the sand caves between Étalle and Virton host fairies. These caves are up to 15 meters long and protect the fairies’ magical powers.  During the walk “Au Trou des Fées”, you’ll get to know them through various tasks and stories. If you’re very quiet, you might even hear the fairies sing. Maybe you can make some music together. Would you like to crawl through their caves? A fun trip for the whole family.

Legend has it that fairies live in these sandstone caves. Whether they actually dug them, our ancestors or natural erosion even longer ago is responsible doesn’t really matter to the story. These unusual rocks, partly overhanging, hollowed out and pierced by numerous cavities, are really special. The galleries are up to 15 meters long. They date back to the time when the sea occupied the Paris Basin. In any case, our children found it incredibly fascinating to explore the tunnels and ‘secret caves’.

A view of the galleries in the sandstone caves

Au Trou des Fées

The fairy walk is about 1.5 km long. Along the path, you’ll find several assignments from the fairies. The instructions are bilingual: Dutch and French. They’re posted on trees and wooden posts throughout the walk. The fairy trail allows children to discover the forest in a playful way. The hike is ideal with smaller children or less experienced hikers. Unfortunately, the path is not very accessible with a stroller or a wheelchair. We found the walk a bit too short and decided to explore the forest on our own afterwards. You’ll find a tip for a longer hike via RouteYou below.

Daan reads an assignment on the walk Trou des Fées

Info & tips

Location

rue du Château Cugnon, Croix Rouge, 6760 Virton

Highlights

sand caves up to 15 meters long and assignments from the fairies along the path

Length & difficulty

The fairy walk is about 1.5 km long. You’ll have to climb and descend a bit. I wouldn’t recommend it for strollers and wheelchairs.

Extra tip

The forest behind le Trou des Fees is ideal for a more extensive walk. It is easily accessible so doable for less experienced hikers. You can find a suggestion for a walk on RouteYou.

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