Grotte de Lombrives
Visit Grotte de Lombrives (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
The Grotte de Lombrives is a cave system with numerous stalactites, stalagmites and other rock features in the Ariege department (Midi-Pyrenees region) of southern France.
It is the largest cave system in Europe, covering a total of 39 kilometres of subterranean passages spread over several levels.
Exploring the Grotte de Lombrives
Deep in the heart of the historical Occitan region of southern France, Lombrives is a very interesting site to visit - your visit combines history and mythology with a natural geological spectacle, as you follow in the footsteps of the prehistoric men who once occupied these caves, particularly in the neolithic period, and the cathars who took refuge here in the medieval period.
There are literally hundreds of different characteristics to enjoy, with rock pools, stalactites and stalagmites among them and several of them have been given names representing their unusual forms.
Because of the size of the caves a wide range of tours are available to visitors, lasting between one hour and six hours.
Access to the caves begins with a train ride along a scenic route, adding to the pleasure for adults and children alike.
To make your visit extra special it is possible on wednesday nights during the summer to combine your visit with a candlelit dinner and show and accompanying music by very high quality violinist and pianist (you need to reserve in advance for this).
Information and photos kindly supplied by the Grotte de Lombrives: see here for information.
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Address: Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains, Tarascon-sur-Ariège, Foix, Ariege, Midi-Pyrenees, 9400 || GPS: latitude 42.823333, longitude 1.616389
Map of Grotte de Lombrives & places nearby
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See lots more places to visit nearby and a more detailed map at places near Grotte de Lombrives.
See Midi-Pyrenees and Ariege (the region and department for Grotte de Lombrives) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Grotte de Lombrives, France
- Vallée de Vicdessos - site of natural beauty (18km)
- Pyrenees Ariegeoises - regional natural parc (25km)
- Fontaine Intermittente de Fontestorbes - site of natural beauty (27km)
- Camon - most beautiful village (36km)
- Parc aux Bambous - remarkable garden (38km)
- Lac du Bouillouses - site of natural beauty (42km)
- Saint Lizier cathédrale (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (44km)
- Saint-Lizier - most beautiful village (44km)
The French version of this page is at Grotte de Lombrives (Francais)