La Verna cave Nature Reserve in Sainte-Engrâce

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 07:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:00 am - 01:00 pm 01:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Opens at 09:00 am

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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 5 938 reviews

  • Nile Avery

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Nile Avery on 13/09/2023

    Great experience, absolutely loved it how rocky the path was all along, the climbing was amazing!! If you love hiking in the dark this is the place for you. Just book early on the phone! Also the guide was very nice and passionate about his job 10/10. (They also lend you helmets which is nice lol)

  • Po

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Po on 10/06/2023

    Very exciting experience! A really knowledgeable guide, and a nice extensive hike all the way down to the cave river. The trip I took - the river tour - was great but did involve a lot of hiking on slippery rocks, so probably not for individuals with disabilities or injuries. The rest of the cave is very accessible for everyone, though!Mesmerizing and would definitely recommend!

  • Catherine Ansiaux

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Catherine Ansiaux on 05/05/2023

    My husband and I did the Cavalier/Knight sporting adventure here and I absolutely loved it. The office staff, especially Berenice, were all so patient and lovely while working with them over email. We have never spelunked before so I had zero expectations and I was blown away. Our guide was great, I do wish we spoke French as his English (still better than my French) was minimal but he was explaining a lot about the caves to the other patron. The actual event was fantastic. You do need to be physically active, in decent shape and have good body awareness. They provide a waterproof jumpsuit and thick rubber boots, along with a helmet with a headlamp and a harness to clip into in several dicey areas. The sights and sounds of the caves aren't able to truly be captured by camera but they will be lifetime memories for me!

Traveller Reviews La Verna cave

4.5 sur 5 295 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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La Verna cave

Address

Espace d'accueil Arrakotchepla
64560 Sainte-Engrâce

Contacts

Phone : 05 59 28 34 02

Cell : 06 37 88 29 05

GPS coordinates

42° 59'46.16"N, 0° 49'16.05"W

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