Grottos and Caves in
The following is a list of caves in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Most of these can be visited by the general public. Others are for serious pot-holers.
Dolmens, Menhirs and other Megaliths in the
Chasm of Cabrespine. One of the largest caves in the world open to the public
- 80 metres long and 220 metres high. Facilities for the disabled.The geology
of the cave is unusual, with a huge range of crystal and rock formations. It is
strictly protected since the chasm was discovered in the 1970s.
Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine,
BP2 11 160,
Tel: 04 68 26 14 22 or 04 68 26 14 20
Fax: 04 68 26 10 75
. The largest developed
cave in Aude
, open from April to end of October. 8 halls. Stalagmites.A
show cave contains beautiful rock and crystal formations. Crystals of
calcite and aragonite are of exceptional geological interest.
Tel: 33 (0)4
68 77 50 26
Fax: 33 (0)4 68 78 40 09
all year round. This cave system is still in its natural state without
any artificial lighting. Visits can be arranged for small groups for
a whole day or half-day. The route is fairly physical but not difficult. Stunning
calcite formations. Some sporting sections. Visits must be booked in advance.
Les grottes de l'Aguzou
Tel / Fax: 33 (0)4 68 20 45 38
Dolmens, Menhirs and other Megaliths
in the Pyrénées-Orientales Department (66)
Fontrabiouse. A cave gives access to 1000 metres of underground
tunnels, some of them 250 ft below the surface, leading to caverns up to 25 metres
in height. Your visit will take you along galleries into illuminated vaults with
spectacular calcite formations. You'll see an emerald-green lake, "tapestries",
and monumental columns in shimmering colours. The cave is 15 miles from Font-Romeu,
12 miles from Mont-Louis, and 8 miles from Les Angles, in Capcir.
Grotte de Fontrabiouse,
Tel: 33 (0)4 68 04 44 28,
Fax: 33 (0)4 68 30 90 82
Les Grandes Canalettes. The cave system is in two parts: the
Gallery of the Two Archesand the Angkor Network. The Gallery of
the Two Arches leads to the "White Vault". The Angkor Network, which includes
the "Nave", "Atoll Lake", "Angkor Cavern", the "Red Dome" and the "Balcony of
Grottes des Grandes Canalettes,
2 rue Saint-Jacques,
Tel: 33 (0)4 68 96 23 11,
Fax: 33 (0)4 68 80 76 84
Dolmens, Menhirs and other Megaliths in the Gard
This is the largest cave in the Cévennes. It was inhabited in the Neolithic era
and again in Roman times. It is reached by a 40m tunnel, cut into
the rock by miners frpm Alès. The formation known as the 'hundred-thousand soldiers'
looks like an army of miniture warriers.
Tel: 33 (0)4 66
85 03 28
river). A river (le Bonheur) disappears underground in the mountains
of Aigoualand and becomes the subterranean Bramabiau river. It gushes to the surface
again in a spectacular cascade 700 metres further along.
Abîme de Bramabiau
Tel: 33 (0)4 67 82 60
1200m gallery - at the end of which you will return
by miniature railway.
Grotte de la Cocalière,
Mas du Serres, Le Village,
Tel: 33 (0)4 66 24 34 74,
Dolmens, Menhirs and other Megaliths in the Hérault Department (34)
Known as the 'Palace of the Glass Filaments', this cave is one of the most beautiful
in France. It contains an astonishing variety of smooth, delicate formations.
It is located close to Saint-Pons on the RN 112, about 35 miles from Béziers,
Narbonne and Carcassonne.
Guided tours with commentary take 1 hour.
de la Deveze,
34220 Courniou les grottes,
Tel: 33 (0)4 67 97 03 24,
Fax: 33(0)4 67 97 33 48,
This Cave, the most southerly of the caverns at Larzac , is crossed by an underground
river. This river attracted humans to the cave some 5,000 years ago, yet its source
has never been discovered. Traces of ancient humans (pottery, burial places, jewellery)
have been found. The river has carved out the galleries which extend for miles
below ground. The underground Labeil river remains a geological mystery. At 700
metres it is the highest water-course in the Causse region.
Grotte de Labeil,
Tel: 33 (0)4 67 96 49 47,
Cave of the Demoiselles.
Not far from the Cirque de Navacelles, this cave is an old "swallow-hole" - where
a surface stream disappeared underground. (The corresponding opening is on the
Thaurac plateau.) The principal chamber has grand proportions: the
vault is 50m high and 120m wide. Vast columns, cool temperature and the large
open space give the cave a cathedral-like air. In this cave you'll also find the
famous stalagmite of the Virgin and Child on a white calcite plinth. The cave
was discovered in 1770. A funicular railway takes you to the entrance.
Grotte des Demoiselles,
Tél: 33(0)4 67 73 55 57,
Fax: 33(0)4 67 73 32 32,
The Clamouse cave is known for its white formations and the unusual quality of
its crystallizations. It is still being enlarged by an underground river. It is
known for its strangely shaped formations.
Grotte de Clamouse,
34 150 Saint-Jean de Fos,
tel: 33 (0)4 67 57 71 05,
fax: 33 (0)4 67 57 78 00,
Dolmens, Menhirs and other Megaliths in the Lozère Department (48)
This cavern was discovered in September 1897 by
Louis Armand, and others. A 40m long access chimney opens out into the vault of
a huge chamber, 45 metres high, 110 metres long and 60 metres wide. You can reach
the cave by a funicular railway through a tunnel. Inside, you have a stunning
view over the whole cavern. More than 400 stalagmites rise several metres tall,
illuminated by artificial lighting.
Tel: 33(0)4 66 45 61 31,
Fax. 33(0)4 66 45 67 38,
Named the pink grotto, after the colour of its many stalagmites, it was discovered
in 1880 and is the largest cave in the Cévennes limestone. Its chambers have exotic
names like the Chamber of Chaos, the Mosque, the Lake, the Basins.
Grotte de Dargilan,
Tel: 33 (0)4 66 45 60 20
Dolmens, Menhirs and other Megaliths in the Ariege Department
Grotte de Niaux
this grotto is actually in the Ariege department in the region of the Midi Pyrennees
it is so spectacularit deserves a mention and is not far from the Aude. The site
features prehistoric cave paintings over 12,000 years old. Over 100 pictures evoque
the wildlife of the Madelenienne era.
Tel: +33 (0) 561 05 10 10
Lombrives. At Ussat-les-Bains, composed of a number
of distinct caves. One of them, called the Cathedral (la salle de la
Cathédrale) has a greater internal space than Notre Dame Cathedral
in Paris). although this is in the Ariege department it is intimately
linked to the history of the Languedoc. Some 400
cathars were murdered here by the Roman Catholic Church.