Grotte de Clamouse

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Grotte de Clamouse

Grotte de Clamouse
4.5
Caverns & Caves • Geologic Formations • Educational sites
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Clamouse est une des plus belles grottes de France, classee par le Ministere de l'Ecologie et du Developpement Durable. C'est un site incontournable du tourisme en Languedoc-Roussillon.Clamouse recele la plus grande diversite de cristaux du monde souterrain.Le visiteur sera emerveille par la finesse exceptionnelle des cristaux d'aragonite et de calcite, et par ses impressionnants volumes. !Clamouse is one of the most beautiful caves of France, classified by the Ministry of Ecology and of the Sustainable development. It is an major site of the tourism in Languedoc-Roussillon.Clamouse shows the biggest diversity of crystals of the underground world.The visitor will be amazed by the exceptional sharpness of the crystals of aragonite and calcite, and by its impressive volumes. During the visit, the passionate guides will tell you the history of the droplet and of time, architects of these marvels. Discover - Understand - Be amazed!
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Jennifer M
Muscat, Oman4 contributions
Feb 2020
We did the regular visit 3 years ago, and returned this year for the 2-hour spéléo tour with kids ages 15, 12 and 8. I would recommend doing both! The first to learn about the history and geology; the second to see it up close in spectacular fashion. The spéléo team is friendly and super pro. The course is challenging in spots (bring good shoes and good humor), and Nicolas was an excellent guide, allaying all nerves and nimbly appearing at our sides at the precise moment someone needed help or encouragement across a passage. Kids reported feeling periodically terrified but then so proud of themselves for doing it. Concentrated primarily on my feet, I did not have a great deal of head space for asking questions about the formations so was glad to have been previously to have some idea of what I was seeing. Picnic areas on site are a plus; parking can be hairy in the high season so plan ample time.
Written February 22, 2020
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Great thanks for this full advisor ! We hope to see you on level 2 of Speleopark in few years !
Written February 26, 2020
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JudeHHL
5 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited the caves on our holiday to the South of France, we weren't sure what to expect but the whole experience turned out to be amazing. We had to book in advance due to Covid and we were a bit wary when we saw how large the group actually was, but once the tour started it had no impact on our ability to enjoy it.
The tour started with a video, then the guide takes you into the caves. The tour just kept getting better and better, around half way through there was a light and sound show which really brought the caves to life and was fantastic. We thought that would be the highlight but we kept going to some larger and even more impressive caves.
I didn't get to listen to much of what the guide said due to being towards the back of the group with the children and my French not being perfect. However it made no difference as the caves speak for themselves. Our 3 year old was wary at first but loved the light show and was then fascinated when she realised she could touch all the rocks and they all felt and looked different. Even for small children this offers a lot. We would definitely go back as I am sure that the experience would be slightly different each time. Most definitely worth a visit.
Written October 5, 2021
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Jokerbiker
Romford, UK78 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We visited in September 2014, just after the latest cave flooding so everything was shiny and fresh. The electronic talking guide is available in lots of languages and helped a lot as our tour guide spoke little English.
The tour is quite long and sometimes the climbing is arduous but so worth it to see the galleries and caves full of wonderful structures.
Wouldn't advise this for the older person who struggles with steps as there are HUNDREDS of them !
Free wi-fi worked well too!
Written October 1, 2014
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Thanks a lot for this comment ! We work harder for giving access to Clamouse of all people. For people with physical difficulty, we actually develop a special virtual tour for make tour without the hundred of steps ! Thanks again !
Written October 5, 2014
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Dave R
Fayence, France144 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This certainly rates as one of the very best underground experiences you will find in France.
The visit starts with a video presentation explaining how geologists believe these caverns were formed.
The guide on this occasion only spoke French but I am reliably informed English guides are available so best to pre book.
The journey in all is some 900 metres through some amazing cathedral caverns and stalactites of all shapes & forms due to the differing rock types.
The highlight was a spectacular sound & light show in the largest cavern, quite mind blowing.
Photograph are allowed but flash photograph is forbidded as it will spoil the effect for others, all of my photograph were taken with an ISO set at 7000.
The 1hour & 15 minute trip costs 10€50 representing very good value for money.
There is parking followed by a 5 to 10 minute walk to the centre, at busy times there is roadside parking a further 10 minutes away.
Why not make a day trip & visit the nearby 'Devils Bridge' (Pont du Diable) & the most beautiful villages in France St Guilhem- le -Desert.
Written April 4, 2018
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Thanks a lot for this comment ! We have nothing else to say, your advisor is full of happiness for clamouse's team.
Written April 6, 2018
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ClevelandWomble
Redcar, UK120 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
I was worried that this would be a let down at the end of a dreadful road. Wrong!
Access is along a wide easy road and the Grotto is really well presented. You can only go through as part of a guided tour. We were warned that it would be entirely in French but our guide did point out particularly interesting items in English. It wasn't that important though, because the audio guides were really good for a couple of Euros.
The caves were spectacular and really well presented. in one chamber there is a sound and light show of really ethereal music and it was entrancing. The passage is paved and has lots of stairs and it does get a bit damp underfoot so canvas shoes might be a mistake. The inside is always about 16C.
The best bit about this though is that it is only a couple of miles from two other attractions. The Devil's Bridge and the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
Written July 15, 2013
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Steve6244
Chatham, UK625 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Visited here on a very wet day. Perfect day for going underground. Cost was reasonable. Audio tour was very good. Guide was less than good. We were not invited to join a tour that had just started and then got moaned at for being alone in the cave! This was better as we could take our time and admire the caves, the natural construction of the stalagmites and stalactites. Plus the crystals and formations were types I'd not seen before. Caves were well lit, and cleverly so to give the best.

There was a lot of climbing of steps etc, and only part of the caves were accessible to all. Well worth it when the weather is poor outside.
Written September 22, 2014
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK973 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
The caves at Grotte de Clamouse, with their stalactites and stalagmites, are spectacular. You have to join a guided tour through the caves. We got there late morning in August and had no problem getting on a tour. The tour is in French but you can use an audio guide in other languages. There are numbers placed throughout the caves which indicate which is the relevant part of the audio guide to play. The tour is quite slow and I would have preferred a self guided tour but that is not allowed. There are lots of steps but our 10 and 7 year old children managed it quite easily. A decent quality camera is preferable as the lighting in the caves is limited. I would definitely recommend the caves if you are in the area.
Written September 13, 2014
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bluecrush_m
Amsterdam, The Netherlands70 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Beautiful caves, magnificent views. The caves are very well maintained and organized for sightseeing. Accessible only with a guided tour. The tour provides a lot of interesting facts about formation of the caves, life above the ground and underground, and stories of how grottoes were discovered and explored. It is quite dynamic, starts with a movie (in French with English subtitles), includes magnificent light-and-music show in one of the grottos and finishes with a legend about the name of the caves.
Tours start every half an hour and take an hour and a half. There is a big open-air terrace overlooking the river to pass the time waiting. There is a cafe stocked with snacks, coffee, ice-creams and sweets to help time go faster.
All the staff were very friendly, the girl at the cashier spoke very good English, our guide spoke French, but there are audio guides provided in a number of languages (English, German, Russian...) at something like 1 EUR that are easy to use in sync with the guide. The areas for new chapter in the guide inside the cave are clearly marked and the guide gives time for people to listen and look around.
Don't forget to tip the guide at the end of the tour - for me it was a new thing, but apparently it is common thing in France.
Beware that it is 16 degrees inside the caves so you need warm clothes. There are quite a number of stairs to climb during the tour - if you are coming with small kids it might be a concern, surely not suitable for strollers, bring along your carrier.
All in all it is very well organized and maintained sight seeing point. Tickets are quite expensive at 9.5 EUR per person, but you get your money worth.
Written September 1, 2013
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Seb7111
Le Vesinet, France65 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Best caves in the region, not the largest but the most spectacular.

The tour was going to be in French, which was fine with me being French, but an issue for my wife who can't speak French. She took the audio guide which delivered plenty of good information.
The guide made a kick survey to find out that only 1 lady couldn't speak English and then he decided to run his French tour in English. He still gave her plenty of good information in French.
This guy (Cedric) really went out of his way to share his passion.

Saint Guilhem le desert and the Pont du Diable are near by and must be seen. A wonderful way to spend a summer day in this part of France.
Written July 17, 2013
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pettsson48
Stockholm, Sweden25 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Fantastic system of caves. We have seen many caves in Europe and this is among the best.
Many different formations of limestone/calciumcarbonate(?) in shapes like Buddha, Medusa,...
Arrangements very good with 2 videos before entering the cave. French voice but english and german text. Audioguide in a number of langages.
On this occasion a very good guide giving eztensive replies to questions.
Written October 13, 2018
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Thanks a lot ! Your advisor give us motivation to continue !
Written October 17, 2018
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