The Gardens of Flaran Abbey Gardens, Parks in Valence-sur-Baïse

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Opens Wednesday at 09:30 am

Useful information

Location : Village

Province : Navarrenx and Gers des Gaves

Services

  • open 7/7
  • English
    • Flaran Abbey “on the nature side”

      (Registered Historic Monument)


      At Flaran Abbey, alongside listed buildings and exhibitions, there are also 3 hectares of park and gardens that you can (re)discover, in a preserved natural environment on the banks of the Baïse. Within the walls of the site, the monastic garden was redesigned in the 18th century into a pleasure garden known as “à la française”. For several years, part of it, next to the dovecote, has housed a medieval-inspired garden. Evoking the old garden of the monks, it is made up of several parts. The most important is the garden of herbs or herbularius which shelters, in plessis of chestnut, the medicinal plants formerly used by the monks. In front of it, in the vegetable garden or hortus, are grown on flowerbeds small fruit trees, market gardening plants and vines in stakes. Near the vegetable garden, an area of grassland mown once a year helps preserve the site's biodiversity. The last part is devoted to the orchard or viridarium.


      The medieval-inspired garden makes it possible to develop various thematic activities around the pharmacopoeia or the cuisine of the Middle Ages, by participating for example each year in the national event Rendez-vous aux jardins, but also by developing educational projects thanks to the school garden. Far from being fixed, the garden of Flaran Abbey is also a place of novelties to discover.


      Outside the site, a wooded park is accessible all year round and gives access to the Baïse trail. Developed by the Gers County Council, this pedestrian path connects the port of Valence-sur-Baïse on one side and the Gauge leisure center in Condom on the other side, passing through the double lock of Graziac.

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Traveller Reviews The Gardens of Flaran Abbey

4.4 sur 5 1013 reviews

  • Daniel Sharpe

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Daniel Sharpe on 23/06/2023

    A very relaxing and interesting place to go and spend a few hours learning some new history and looking around the Abbey and Gardens. There is art on display too which is nice to view in a relaxed environment. No coffee shop but there is shaded parking under the trees if you can so nice for a picnic. It is 15 kilometers from Condom and also the same from Montréal if you want a nice Café au lait!

  • ntonckens

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by ntonckens on 14/08/2021

    Beautiful small abbey. Very nicely restored. Dates back from 1151. Beautiful private art collection. The surroundings and gardens are beautiful. Serenity surrounds the area. Well worth a visit.

  • Gareth Edwards

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Gareth Edwards on 03/10/2023

    Three different experiences in one location. A superb abbey that has been lovingly restored to its original state. An art gallery with an fantastic and eclectic variety of paintings and sculptures from the likes of Dali, Rodin and Brossard. And finally a beautiful potager garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables. A lovely place to visit.

Traveller Reviews The Gardens of Flaran Abbey

4.5 sur 5 271 reviews

  • "The best and worst of France"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by TheBeckhams421 (London, United Kingdom) on 25/09/2023

    No question this site is well worth a detour. As others have said, the former monastery is home to a major collection of art, works which merit a far wider audience than we witnessed on a Monday...

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  • "Astonishment in the middle of nowhere"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by St_Ogpan (London, United Kingdom) on 23/08/2022

    Begun in the 12th century, the main abbey buildings are fine examples of some good, solid Romanesque architecture. It's Cistercian, so there probably wasn't much in the way of decoration, and what...

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  • "Worth stopping for"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by BruceFarquhar (Nelson, New Zealand) on 06/03/2022

    I highly recommend a visit here if you have an interest in art, history or architecture. The displays are well done. There is a collection of amazing art as well as five pieces by Salvador Dali Give...

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The Gardens of Flaran Abbey

Address

Abbaye de Flaran
32310 Valence-sur-Baïse

GPS coordinates

43° 53'24.63"N, 0° 22'23.79"E

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