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Niaux Cave

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Address: Vierge de Niaux, 09400 Niaux | at the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: 33561051010
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A giant of the prehistory ! Niaux Cave is one of the last decorated caves...

A giant of the prehistory ! Niaux Cave is one of the last decorated caves still open to the public. An 800-metre walk will take you to the Salon Noir, a majestic room where more than 80 paintings of animals offer themselves to you. For conservation reasons, the number of people and the length of the

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Amazing that the paintings weren't known to be prehistoric for many years after the caves were a tourism drawcard

We got there early for the only English-language tour of the day - check the time-table. You do walk a fair distance underground. The paintings are amazing - considering how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got there early for the only English-language tour of the day - check the time-table. You do walk a fair distance underground. The paintings are amazing - considering how deep in the system they are and that they were painted by non-electrical torch-light.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, be prepared with good walking shoes. I forgot to bring mine and was wearing Crocs sandals. The guide questioned whether I would be able to handle the terrain, and I assured her I could. I did but with some difficulty. We hiked about 800 meters over slippery uneven surfaces and had to climb down and then up... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

The cave system is quite large and very difficult to navigate .Slippery in places and a true cave system. Not for anyone with difficulties moving , although we had one with a walking stick who persevered and taught us all it can be done. There are no lights for obvious reasons ,not to light damage the paintings. You navigate with... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

The caves and paintings were amazingly brought to life by our English speaking tour guide. Well worth a visit but do wear good footwear as the caves are very slippery .

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

If seeing 14,000 year-old cave paintings interests you, then you will likely enjoy these caves. Getting there requires following a long, uneven slippery path deep into the cave. You are not allowed to touch the walls, which is challenging given the uneven surfaces and steep climbs while ducking under cave ceilings. The reward is the artwork at the end, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We are spending the year travelling, out of a multitude of amazing experiences these caves and their paintings stand out. The paintings are incredible, so much detail and so vivid. Our guide shared their story so well, (we did the english language tour). He gave us lots of interesting facts and put the caves in context of other caves and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

We were so interested in the cave paintings and ancient history. We read all the warnings about fitness and physical access, including uneven walking surfaces inside the cave. The snippy guide targeted me before entry and asked if I felt able, I said yes. She ignored another more elderly participant who was told she could not take her walking stick... More 

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Hi, Hello, First, thank you for taking time to give us your opinion about your visit. All comments are important to us and helpful to improving our services. We understand your disappointment for not having been able to visit Niaux cave. There was obviously a misunderstanding with the guide. Our guides care for the safety of the visitors, in this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This is one of a very few painted caves with the original art still open for visits to the public. The Grotte is right above the hamlet of Niaux, and well sign-posted. Reservations are required, but easy to get online (except in the height of Summer). A strictly limited number of people are provided with flashlights and make the 800... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This is one of a very few painted caves with the original art still open for visits to the public. The Grotte is right above the hamlet of Niaux, and well sign-posted. Reservations are required, but easy to get online (except in the height of Summer). A strictly limited number of people are provided with flashlights and make the 800... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

The incredible quality of he cave art is stunning. As many famous cave sites such as Las Caux are ceasing to admit the public, Niaux is still conducting small tours. Even in the shoulder season youMUST make a reservation on line as the small group tours fill up completely ahead of time from what we saw. The entry to the... More 

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