Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

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  • Biarritz Pays Basque by Instinct
  • Sites et Musées en Pays Basque

Location : In the countryside

Province : Basse Navarre

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    • OPENING ON JULY 1ST !

      Unique caves in the Basque Country classified as HISTORICAL MONUMENTS. Sites & Museums in the Basque Country - Prehistoric Pyrenees Network - European Cultural Routes: CARP - ISCA

      * 30 mins 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 benchmark for human history, a cave adorned with the Pyrenean-Cantabrian chain - and “OXOCELHAYA” - a sanctuary, mineral gem, vast cathedral rich in concretions.

      Panoramic view of the "PRESERVED VALLEY of the ARBEROUE".
      Two stars ** in the MICHELIN Green Guide.
      1 HOUR guided tours.

      "Theme visits, subject to reservation", "Prehistory & Cave Art" on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, "Geology" and "Paleontology".

      Workshops - Conferences.

      Favorite: “The sound tour on Sunday afternoon, last visit! »

      * Access to the MUSEUM is FREE.
      * Boutique "Nature and Prehistory" - Drinks.
      * Hiking: Emilie-Rte du Ossau Iraty cheese trail.
      * July / August: SNACK du TERROIR
      * ACCESS: A 64 exit 3 or 4 - Michelin Card 234
      * OPEN from MARCH 15 to NOVEMBER 15 - 7/7 - ALL PUBLIC- and all year round GROUPS by appointment

      Family, LESS 7 years FREE.

      OPENING HOURS:

      * 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 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-Mignon" visit (4 to 8 years accompanied, every day at 10 am (25 people max., Reservation recommended)

      PRICES:

      * Individual: ADULT 11.50 € - CHILD (7 to 11 years) 4.80 € - ADOLESCENT (12 to 17 years old) € 8.00
      * FAMILY ticket: € 34 (2 adults + 3 paying children)
      * Theme visits, by reservation: € 15 (max. 20 people)


      FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR, CLICK HERE!

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Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 391 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

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43° 21'14.88"N, 1° 12'1.84"W

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