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Niaux Caves

Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
+33 (0)5 61 05 10 10
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Wavre, Belgium
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Amazing place for anyone over 15 (ill-adapted to young kids in our opinion). An outer as well as inner voyage into our distant past. We had watched a BBC documentary on prehistoric art with Nigel Spivey describing the controversial theories of David Lewis-Williams (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvhDb4phhzY), and this greatly helped because, frankly, our guide (in English) seemed rather uninterested in transmitting... More

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florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Took family (two teenagers). 30 min trek into cave with flashlights. Amazing cave paintings 13,000 years old. Go to mon gran de sel for lunch afterwords.

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Monpazier, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We visited the caves (Grotte de Niaux) today and were very thankful our B+B hostess recommended this fabulous experience. The caves are only open to small tour groups (25 maximum) and they do run English speaking tours during the day. We dressed warmly and with sensible shoes (it's cold, wet and slippery inside) and were provided with torches. The walk... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Deep in the cave devoid of its stalagmites and stalactites which were sold as souvenirs over 100 years ago one finds 3 sets of cave paintings in the walls of the black chamber.These are spectacular and should be viewed if possible should one be in the area. There was a superb commentary by our guide.just enough but not too much... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I was first in the caves of France in 2006 and went back in May 2014 specifically to see some of the caves I missed the first time. Niaux, was one of those caves. All caves are different and all have a special place. But the Niaux cave is the whole package. There is no lighting and you must walk... More

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Lekeitio, Spain
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is one of the most extraordinary caves for prehistoric paintings. RESERVATIONS ARE OBLIGATORY. When we went there was one tour in English at 1:30pm. The guide spoke good English and was very attentive to older and weaker members of the group. He obviously loves what he does and that adds an extra, of course. The cave is cold (about... More

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Faverolles, Centre, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Very interesting and beautiful place to visit. Went there with 5 and 9 years old children. In the group there was a 2 year old little girl as well. Just to say that kids enjoy it as much as adults. You walk with your flashlight through the dripping dark cave and reach to the paintings which are just beautiful! Proper... More

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Perth, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Brilliant, so glad we made the effort to divert to see these paintings. The highlight of our seven weeks across Southern Europe was undoubtedly the Sagrada Familia, but the Niaux came equal second. (With the Pont du Gard). Should not be missed , take note of comments by other reviewers, we also brought our own Cree LED torches which gave... More

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Westford, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We came to this part of France particularly to visit the prehistoric cave paintings. I wanted to see "the real thing" not a reproduction. I can not say enough good things about our visit to the caves at Niaux. I had just stumbled across the name of these caves on the internet and decided to make an effort to visit... More

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Oxfordshire
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We went to Niaux cave after visiting Tarascon Prehistory Park. The entrance area has some interesting and comprehensive displays, with english translations on laminated cards, and a limited shop but no refreshments. Great architecture too! That's not what you go there for though, and the cave itself is quite stunning. We had a tour in french (they don't do them... More

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