Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya Nature Reserve in Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue

Opening hours

Open

  • 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

Closes at 05:00 pm

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  • Not accessible to people with reduced mobility
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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
    • Decorated caves classified as a HISTORICAL MONUMENT since 1953. Regrouping site of the Pyrenean-Cantabrian chain. 80,000 years of attested human occupation. Surprising concretions and natural curiosity under the Hill of Gaztelu, in Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue. Essential site of the Prehistoric Pyrenees network, classified European Cultural Route CARP-IFRAO-ISCA, part of Sites and Museums in the Basque Country and FFTS.

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Traveller Reviews Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya

4.6 sur 5 1277 reviews

  • Alex Marca

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Alex Marca on 12/10/2023

    Absolutely mesmerising caves with over 80,000 years of occupation. Our guide Stephanie was excellent and she happily answered all of our questions. The caves are 14C so it’s recommended to wear a fleece or jacket. After reaching the first parking just off the main road, you can continue driving to a second parking about 300m up to save you 10’ walking.

  • 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.

  • Richard willmetts

    2 sur 5 Reviews posted by Richard willmetts on 17/09/2018

    These caves are an amazing natural feature spoiled by over touristifaction. The entrance fee is expensive and when we tried to translate the French guide we were told to be quiet. I do think however it is worth a visit as the caves are awesome to see and it’s very sad that they have turned this natural beauty into a money making machine. Things to note: no photography allowed even without a flash which is a shame also take a jumper as it’s a bit chilly in the caves also the first parking you see is not the only one you can drive a bit further and is saves a walk up the hill.

Traveller Reviews Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya

4.5 sur 5 456 reviews

  • "Not a good translation."

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by bmbleeker (Soest, The Netherlands) on 11/07/2023

    The cave itself was fantastic. We got lucky that we had such a small group. We are a family of 4, another family of 3, & a couple. Only one group was french yet the entire tour was in french. The...

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  • "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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Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya

Address

Quartier, Hiribehere
64640 Saint-Martin-d'Arberoue

GPS coordinates

43° 21'14.87"N, 1° 12'1.85"W

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