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Still as good

Two years ago we visited this place and this year we had two additional members on our party who... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Paul T
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Remarkable structure that is well worth visiting

Our hotel overlooked this amazing structure, so we had to go down the next morning to see what it... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2015
Peggy B
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Canberra, Australia
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29 Aug 2017
“Still as good”
14 Aug 2017
“Stunning”
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7 rue du Four Solaire, 66120 Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, France
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Two years ago we visited this place and this year we had two additional members on our party who also wanted to see this so we visited again. The displays inside the centre haven't changed but there was an English-speaker at the reception area which...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I didn't do a tour, just visited to take some photographs on a glorious sunny winters day and as my title says it was stunningly beautiful.

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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Visit is composed of some info stands that you visit on your own. Then there is a short video explaining what is the site about and what they do. Finally there is a guided demo outside explaining the basic principles using small mirrors. You walk...More

1  Thank Marc L
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Thank for you post. We read it with attention. We take high note of it. Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo.

Reviewed 19 September 2015

Our hotel overlooked this amazing structure, so we had to go down the next morning to see what it was all about. The education centre has a lot of written material (in French, but they have photocopied booklets in many languages) and some interactive displays...More

1  Thank Peggy B
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2015

Thank you very much for this post. Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo.

Reviewed 29 August 2015

A very good & educational site with some good & graphic demonstrations of the power of the sun if you can collect it. They cater for non-French speakers in the films being sub-titled and they give you laminated information packs in your own language so...More

Thank Paul T
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2015

Thank for your post. We must make an effort for our translations. Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo.

Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

Found it quite interesting - working on Oil and gas industry getting bored hearing we could do with "green energy" it was the opportunity for my family to see what are real possibility and current challenge of solar energy. The outside site with demo on...More

1  Thank Etmars
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2015

Thank for your wonderful post. Serge Chauvin, Directeur d'HÉLIODYSSÉE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo.

Reviewed 2 June 2015

I'm afraid to say after visiting today that the place is in need of some TLC - in places it looks abandoned, yet poses such a dominating site on the landscape, could have easily been featured on a james bond movie set. Such a shame,...More

1  Thank computercloughie
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2015

Hello. It seems that You do not speak about the visit to the Solar furnace of Odeillo. For this visit we have information and films in English, German, Spanish ... Serge Chauvin, Président Directeur d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo.

Reviewed 11 August 2014

We walked from the station at Font Romieu, it isn't far and the walk is lovely. It is signposted as you leave the station. The visit was fascinating with the science very well explained. Ask at the desk for a translation in English of the...More

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2014

Thank you for your post. The guided tour makes it possible to see a truth small solar furnace in action. By large sun a piece of wood ignites in less than one second. A small steel plate melts in less than thirty seconds. Serge Chauvin,...More

Reviewed 14 July 2014

Possibly the rudest and most unfriendly welcome I have ever experienced at a visitor attraction. The woman at the "welcome desk" was haughty and supercilious; rude to an extent that I can only assume that she is a public sector worker with a job for...More

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2014

Good Morning, Your Tripadvisor profile indicates that you live in Font Romeu (France). We live in the same city. Your opinion written in English is surprising. You visit would date of July 14th, 2014 at 10 a.m. At this time, it was a person in...More

Reviewed 2 July 2014

For various reasons we only viewed the solar furnace from outside rather than doing the full visit. It is a very impressive installation and makes a great focus for a drive in the region, with great views of both the surrounding countryside and mountains and...More

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Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

We think that the visit inside is more impressive. Best regard

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