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HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo

7 Rue du Four Solaire, 66120 Font-Romeu, France
+33 4 68 30 77 86
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Too much educational, not attractive enough

Visit is composed of some info stands that you visit on your own. Then there is a short video... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Marc L
,
Barcelona, Spain
via mobile
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
,
Canberra, Australia
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good33%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
24 Aug 2016
“Too much educational, not attractive enough”
19 Sep 2015
“Remarkable structure that is well worth visiting”
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7 Rue du Four Solaire, 66120 Font-Romeu, France
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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

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

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

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

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

Thank Sally W
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 13 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 17 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

Thank Dorothy I
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

Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Courteous and friendly this interesting place was well worth the small entrance fee. Considering the whole group on the tour we joined was French they helpfully gave the one person in our group who could translate time to do so on the walk around. They...More

Thank capgruissan
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2014

Good Morning, Thanks a lot for your relevant comment. Best regard. Serge Chauvin, Cogérant d'Héliodyssée - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo.

Reviewed 16 August 2013

I first visited the Four Solaire in 1980. It is one of the most impressive sights in Europe; back then there was a comprehensive tour of the building with a demonstration of the power of the Sun. A thick metal plate was burnt through in...More

3  Thank Harb0urmaster
Serge C, Gérant at HELIODYSSEE - Grand Four Solaire d'Odeillo, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2013
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Bonjour, Nous sommes vraiment désolé de votre déception. En 1980 la visite n'était pas possible pour le grand public, hors...More

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