La Verna cave

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 am 02:30 pm - 04:00 pm

Closes at 05:00 pm

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Useful information

  • Qualité Tourisme
  • Tourisme & Handicap

Location : Mountain

Province : Soule

Services

  • Bank cards accepted
  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Disable access
  • English spoken
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • Visit the largest underground room in the world open to all public! Tourist Cave / Speleological Adventures in the heart of the Chasm of Pierre Saint-Martin.

      Whatever the formula of visit, you will discover, in La Verna, one of the magic places of tourism in Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

      Whether it is for a family visit, for schoolchildren or to live a sporting adventure between hiking and climbing, you will keep an unforgettable memory of your tourist stay in the heart of the mountain. The underground adventure awaits you.

      In the heart of the limestone mountains of Haute-Soule and Barétous, La Verna is an exceptional geological site, with extraordinary volumes, which give it a worldwide reputation. The extraordinary human adventure linked to the discovery of La Verna will be the common thread of your visit.

      ONLY ON RESERVATION

      Tourist visits:

      Discovery: 10 to 18€
      1h + cave access (minimum age: 5 years old)
      Guided tour with commentary on a secure 800m route (one way), accessible to people with reduced mobility.

      River: 15 to 23€
      1h30 + cave access (minimum age: 7 years old)
      After discovering the room, irregular stairs carved into the rock allow you to access the river and the catchment.

      Exploration: 20 to 28€
      2h + cave access (minimum age: 10 years old)
      You leave the tourist development for an underground exploration suitable for all levels. Mandatory pants.

      Caving Adventure:
      Whatever the visit, we enter into a speleological adventure where team spirit, cohesion and adaptation are fundamental. The guide reserves the right to adapt the course according to the conditions (weather, participants...).

      Access from the reception to the entrance of the cave is done with your own car.

      Knight: 50€
      3h + cave access (minimum age: 12 years old)
      Sporty caving hike, off-trail (scree and boulders)

      Adelie: 68€
      5h + cave access (minimum age: 14 years old)
      Sporty and technical caving hike, off-trail (scree and boulders)

      Aranzadi: 68€
      5h + cave access (minimum age: 14 years old)
      Sporty and technical caving hike (80m safe climbing)

      Arphidia: 68€ New in 2023
      5h + cave access (minimum age: 14 years old)
      Technical caving course. Aerial handrails and abseiling (maximum 8m).

      Mix Adventure: 86€
      8h + cave access (minimum age: 16 years old)
      Combination of Chevalier Aranzadi or Chevalier Arphidia or Aranzadi Arphidia visits.

      Large Rooms: 86€
      8h + cave access (minimum age: 16 years old)
      Enduring and sporty caving hike (varied progress on scree and blocks).

      Huet: fixed price 500€ New in 2023
      8h + cave access (minimum age: 16 years old)
      Approach walk and technical caving route, abseiling (maximum 35m) and narrow passages to reach La Verna.

      Lépineux: package 500€ 8h + cave access (minimum age: 16 years old)
      Enduring and sporty caving hike (varied progress on scree and blocks) to reach the base of the Pierre Saint-Martin chasm.

      Find it on the Guide du Pays Basque's Blog...

      Unusual adventure in the bowels of the Earth: La Grotte de la Verna
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Traveller Reviews La Verna cave

4.6 sur 5 770 reviews

  • Johan Otten

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Johan Otten on 11/08/2019

    This was truly wonderful experience! Just keep it at that. Take any of the tours, they will all take you to the most beautiful part. It's so big! And so unexpected! Really the thing to do if you are in the neighborhood

  • Kevin Jones (KC)

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Kevin Jones (KC) on 10/07/2019

    A stunning, cathedral-sized underground cave, inside a hill. There is a waterfall inside, which is different! There is a long walk (2 or 3 km), to reach the cave, via a tunnel which has been blasted into the hillside (reasonably well lit and level floor and they provide a helmet to prevent you banging your head on the ceiling. The guide is French, but can also speak English, which is useful. Well worth a visit.

  • Daniel Walter

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Daniel Walter on 10/09/2020

    10th biggest undergound cave in the world and largest in Western Europe. Truly massive scale. One can book the standard 1h visit or some longer exploratory tours of up to 4 hours. It is a truly different experience to spend a couple hours in a dark and quiet world, like being somewhere else.

Traveller Reviews La Verna cave

4.5 sur 5 284 reviews

  • "Incredible! Biggest cave in world accesable easily to public"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by alastair s (Menditte, France) on 10/11/2018

    Choice of mind blowing visits, standard, where you emerge from a tunnel into a space that would swallow St Paul’s cathedral, advanced, where you wear a harness, hard hat and acetylene head flame and...

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  • "Incredible tour of largest cavity open to the public in the world"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by 2hermes (Perth, Australia) on 12/07/2018

    This was an extraordinary experience. Although I am troubled by claustrophobia I not only managed the 800 metre tunnel to reach the grotto, but I was almost overwhelmed with the immensity of this...

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  • "The Best Tour Ever"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Tina-Charlot (Chamonix, France) on 04/11/2017

    Great tour. The guide is very knowledgeable & helpful. The grotte is amazing, can't believe it isn't more well-known...

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Address

Espace d'accueil Arrakotchepla
64560 Sainte-Engrâce

Contacts

Phone : 05 59 28 34 02

Cell : 06 37 88 29 05

GPS coordinates

42° 59'45.76"N, 0° 49'12.88"W

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