Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Opens at 01:30 pm

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Useful information

  • Qualité Tourisme
  • Biarritz Pays Basque by Instinct
  • Sites et Musées en Pays Basque
  • Not accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Monument Historique

Location : In the countryside

Province : Basse Navarre

Services

  • Bank cards accepted
  • Basque spoken
  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Snack
  • Spanish spoken
  • English

    • Unique caves in the Basque Country classified as HISTORICAL MONUMENTS. Sites & Museums in the Basque Country - ISCA - IFRAO - ANECAT - CARP: European Cultural Routes.

      * 30 minutes from BIARRITZ and 1 hour from Pau , between Lascaux and Altamira.

      Discovery of an emblematic site of prehistory, living memory of our humanity. A GUIDED TOUR for 2 CAVES : "ISTURITZ" - a reference for the history of Man, decorated cave of the Pyrenean-Cantabrian chain - and "OXOCELHAYA" - a sanctuary, mineral jewel, vast cathedral of time rich in concretions.

      Panoramic view of the “preserved ARBEROUE VALLEY”.
      Two stars ** in the MICHELIN Green Guide.
      1 HOUR guided tours.
      reservation strongly recommended, refer to our website.

      Themed tours:

      - Sound visit: a sound and sensory experience in 4 emblematic rooms of the cave (from 12 years old) 15 people maximum, last visit on Sundays.
      - Art & prehistory conference tour: with a prehistorian for 1h30 (from 15 years old) 15 people maximum
      - Photo tour: take your own photos with a tripod and your own equipment, for 1h30 in the cave (5 to 8 people maximum)
      - VIP premium visit: a special and private visit
      For more information and prices: please contact us

      CULTURAL SPACES: workshops and conferences: refer to the website

      * Access to the MUSEUM AREA is FREE.
      * “Nature and Prehistory” shop - Drinks.
      * Hikes: Emilie trail - Route du Fromage Ossau Iraty.
      * July / August: TERROIR SNACK
      * ACCESS: A 64 exit 3 or 4 – Michelin map 234
      * OPEN from MARCH 15 to NOVEMBER 15 - 7 days a week

      School holidays and public holidays: 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit) + cro mignons visit at 4 p.m.
      FAMILY TICKET PARENTS + 3 CHILDREN (paying) visit + access to the museum

      Opening time :

      * March - April - May - October – November: Visits every day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit)
      * School holidays and public holidays: 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit).
      * June – September: Visits every day at 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit).
      * July – August: Visits every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit). "Cro-mignons" visit (4 to 8 year olds accompanied, 3 days a week: Monday Wednesday and Friday at 10.30 am) and during school holidays at 4 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays by reservation.


      FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR, CLICK HERE!

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Traveller Reviews Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

4.5 sur 5 1023 reviews

  • olivier Magail

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by olivier Magail on 05/08/2022

    Very nice caves visited with a very competent guide. Very interesting but you don't see much painting. The museum is minimalist.

  • Katy Song

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Katy Song on 03/11/2018

    Caves were fascinating and guide was great. Tour was in French so my family was lost but I translated the important facts. Cave tour takes about an hour and is guided. No photos allowed in the caves. The surrounding countryside is stunning.

  • Virginie Hangora

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Virginie Hangora on 24/08/2021

    Really interesting site, guides are kids friendly. We came with a 9 months old, a 2.5yo and a 4 yo and the guide knew the tricks to interest them and explain things they can understand. Recommend it totally !!

Traveller Reviews Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

4.5 sur 5 440 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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Quartier, Hiribehere
64640 Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue

GPS coordinates

43° 21'14.87"N, 1° 12'1.85"W

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