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    • PREHISTORIC CAVES OF ISTURITZ AND OXOCELHAYA - I.S.C.A. - Routes Culturelles Européennes : C A R P - Pyrénées Préhistoriques In the Basque region - Euskal Lur - To Visit in the Arberoue's protected valley ! Listed as an HISTORICAL MONUMENT – Two stars in the MICHELIN GREEN GUIDE

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      10 km from Hasparren – 30 minutes from Biarritz and Saint Jean Pied de Port -1 h from the spanish border and Pau – 2h1/2 from Toulouse


      Adult 11 € / Child (7-14) 4,50 €
      Family ticket (2 parents - 3 children) 32 €
      Bank cards, visa, vouchers accepted
      Special Visit “Prehistory and Geology” (maxi. 20 pax) 15 €


      - March, april, may, october, november : Guided tours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      when schools and public’s holidays : visit also at 11 a.m.
      - June & september guided tours at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m.
      - July & august open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. : departure every 20 minutes
      - Spécial visit “prehistory and caves'arts” (in French) every sunday at 10:30 a.m. by reservations
      - 1 HOUR guided tours in French (English, Spanish, Basque for groups only)
      - Year-round temperature is 14 ° C

      On SITE : Museum area - free entrance

      Shop « Prehistory et Nature » (books, minerals, documents) - Cafeteria
      Typical Fast Food with local products open in july & august.
      Panoramic view of the Arberoue valley, listed area
      No dogs allowed in caves -Photographs not allowed inside the caves

      Comments :

      Important archeological site : one of the largest Paleolithic sanctuaries in the south of Europe – 80 000 to 10 000 years B.C. Circuit « Inland Basque country discovery day » starting at the caves upon request.
      In such places, rich in geological and prehistoric features,
      You can sense the presence of the original spirit of Man.


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Location : In the countryside

Province : Basse Navarre

Location : RD 251
64640 St Martin d'Arberoue - Donamatiri


RD 251
64640 St Martin d'Arberoue - Donamatiri

GPS coordinates

43° 21'14.86"N, 1° 12'1.85"W

Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 366 reviews

  • "Beautiful. Well worth the drive."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Excursion775227 (Stockholm, Sweden) on 01/05/2019

    We were staying over near Sare but drove over here as we heard it has many stalagmites etc than the Grottes de Sare. Inside it really is quite spectacular, and really varied. Fascinating to imagine...

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  • "Fascinating and jaw dropping"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by MongerNick (Gremberghoven, Germany) on 21/07/2017

    We chose to pay a visit to the caves as the weather had turned bad and it was too cold for the beach. We were so glad for the change in weather, as otherwise we would have missed this amazing tour...

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  • "Fascinating - great for a rainy day"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by AndrewB5135 on 08/07/2017

    Two caves one on top of the other Grotte d'Isturitz and Grotte d'Oxocelhaya. One way in covers both of them. Huge caves with ancient carvings and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. They were...

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