Grotte de la Verna

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  • Qualité Tourisme
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Location : Mountain

Province : Soule

Services

  • Bank cards accepted
  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Disable access
  • English spoken
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • Show cave/ guided caving in the heart of the Pierre Saint Martin cave-system. Visit the largest cave room open to the public in the world.

      Whatever guided tour you chose, you’ll discover one of the magic sites of tourism in the Atlantic Pyrenees.

      Whether it’s a family outing, a student trip or an adventure visit between hiking and climbing, you’ll have unforgettable memories of your tour to the centre of the mountain. Underground adventure awaits you.

      In the heart of the limestone mountains of the Haute-Soule and Barétous, La Verna is an exceptional geological site, it’s unbelievable volume making it a world landmark. The extraordinary adventure of its discovery in 1953 will lead you through your visit.

      ONLY ON RESERVATION

      Show cave visits :

      La Verna Discovery : 10 to 17€
      1h + access to the cave entrance (minimum age : 5 years)
      Discovery of La Verna cave room during a guided tour with commentary, following a safe 800-metre circuit. (one-way). Accessible to people with reduced mobility.
      The extraordinary human adventure of exploration, deep in the heart of the La Pierre Saint-Martin limestone massif, is the guiding theme for the tour.

      La Verna River Exploration : 15 to 22€
      1h30 + access to the cave entrance (minimum age : 7 years)
      After visiting the platforms in La Verna cave room, you climb a long staircase cut into the rock and the rubble. This leads you to the place where the underground river enters La Verna. From here, walking in the footsteps of the first explorers, one has spectacular views of the caveroom.

      La Verna Sport Exploration : 20 to 27€
      2h + access to the cave entrance (minimum age : 10 years)
      Discover the incredible human adventure that led to the discovery of La Verna, its geology, the water cycle in limestone, cave-dwelling fauna and hydroelectricity during a two hour hike through the cave-room. There are various possibilities for the destination of the hike, depending on the wishes and level of the participants.

      Caving visits :

      La Verna Adventure +++ :
      3 h + access by shuttle
      A hike along the underground river to the Chevalier cavern. The terrain is rough, but does not require crawling. (minimum age : 12 years)

      La Verna Adventure ++++ :
      5 h + access by shuttle
      A hike along the underground river to the Adelie cavern. The terrain is rough, but does not require crawling. (minimum age : 14 years)

      La Verna Adventure ++++ :
      5 h + access by shuttle
      Hiking and climbing to Aranzadi gallery. The climb is 80 meters high and secured by ropes.
      (minimum age : 14 years)

      La Verna Aventure ++++ :
      5h + shuttle access
      Sports caving hike, off-trail, along the river for access to the Adélie room - (minimum age: 14 years old).

      La Verna Adventure +++++ :
      All day + access by shuttle
      Tailor-made expeditions : the great chambers, mix adventure, traversing la Pierre Saint – Martin… (minimum age : 16 years)


      Possibility to make an appointment during this period under certain conditions

      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 Grotte de la Verna

4.6 sur 5 766 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 Grotte de la Verna

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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