Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:45 am - 06:00 pm

Closes at 06:00 pm

Opening hours subject to change depending on the health context

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Useful information

  • 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
    • Opening according to COVID 19 regulations: refer to our website

      Unique caves of the Basque Country classified as HISTORICAL MONUMENTS. Sites & Museums in the Basque Country - I.S.C.A - I.F.R.A.O - A.N.E.C.A.T - C.A.R.P: European Cultural Routes.

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

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

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

      THEME OF THE YEAR 2021: "prehistoric adornments"

      Theme tours :

      "Art & Prehistory" Sundays at 10:30 am, dates on the web.
      "Geological Discovery" and “Photo Special” by appointment.
      "Sonore & Sensitive" last visit every Sunday by reservation.

      CULTURAL SPACES: workshops and conferences: refer to the website

      * Access to the MUSEUM AREA is FREE.
      * "Nature and Prehistory" shop - Drinks.
      * Hiking: Emilie trail - Rte 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 - ALL PUBLIC - and all year GROUPS by appointment

      With family, UNDER 7 years FREE.

      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 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (last visit).
      * June - September: Visits every day at 10:30 am & 11:30 am and 2 pm to 5 pm (last visit).
      * July - August: Visits every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit). "Cro-mignons" visit (4 to 8 years old accompanied, 3 days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday by reservation at 10:30 am)


      FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR, CLICK HERE!

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Traveller Reviews Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

4.5 sur 5 786 reviews

  • 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 !!

  • ludovic gauci

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by ludovic gauci on 19/08/2021

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  • Martin Schmidt

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Martin Schmidt on 25/08/2018

    Really beautiful cave, but sadly some stalactites are broke. Also, I wish the speaker would talk more about the pre-historic era. Other than that, I would definitely going there, especially in the summer when it's very warm outside (temperature in the cave is 14°C).

Traveller Reviews Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

4.5 sur 5 422 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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43° 21'14.87"N, 1° 12'1.85"W

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