Grotte de la Salamandre

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Grotte de la Salamandre
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Lookouts • Caverns & Caves
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Kingdom of the Giants of Cristal. Come and enjoy four possible ways to visit the cave: the wheelchair-accessible lookout point, the fascinating guided tour, the Grand Rappel (50m abseiling), and the "Backstage of the Grotte de la Salamandre" (caving in the hidden galleries). On each of the visits, one will discover an enormous cave full of crystals staged with lighting and sound effects. On the outside, a beautifully designed wooden structure houses both a boutique selling original articles and a cafe that opens out onto a terrace where one can enjoy delicious products while taking in a spectacular view of a nature reserve. New in 2017: an adventure course secured by nets which allows to let the children evolve in complete autonomy and in total safety!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kiara S
Chester, UK994 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Jul 2020
It was incredible to see this natural phenomenon. I liked how they kept most of it natural but I really did not like the artificial light at all (sometimes the cave was lit up purple, red, green etc.)! It made it look tacky.
We did the basic tour with a guide (although he spoke only in French so I didn't understand everything he said) but they typically offer more exciting option like rapelling 50 metres.
It was very refreshing to get out of the extreme summer heat into the cave (about 12 degrees Celsius).
There is a viewing ramp for those with mobility issues, or with a stroller or in a wheelchair.
Written July 14, 2020
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Duncan T
Amsterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2019 • Couples
Amazing chambers, biggest caves I have ever seen! Off the beaten path in the hills, Definitely worth the visit.
Written July 2, 2019
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Judith S
Bonn, Germany154 contributions
Greatest cave I ever visited
May 2019 • Friends
Only open for a few years, the cave offers spectacular rock formations. Lighting is a bit too colourful, but tolerable. The guide made an effort to translate into English.
Written May 31, 2019
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John G
Beauvais, France191 contributions
Spectacular
Aug 2018 • Family
The car park has a natural feel to it , then there is a 700m walk through the garrigue to arrive at the entrance.
The ticket desk and cafeteria are constructed in wood with a lovely terrace.
Nothing prepares you for the immense space under the ground - it is truly breathtaking.
Our guide, Victor, gave very good explanations on the different formations on view.
Well worth the visit!
Written August 31, 2018
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Fiona B
Maidstone, UK98 contributions
Spectacular Experience
Aug 2018 • Family
These caves were discovered in the 1960s, but only opened to the general public 5 years ago. A great deal of work has gone in to displaying the formations to their best, the lights are On a cycle, so you can see the rock naturally and lit up in many colours, which is spectacular.

We booked ahead on the website, which was very easy, to do the Grande Rapelle (big abseil). We got there early, parked and walked the 700m through and down the woodland track to the cavern’s lovely wooden buildings and terrace.

We were very warmly greeted and ‘booked in’, and had a lovely lunch, they do a number of platters, sandwiches, hot dogs and ice creams, it cost us 35 Euros for 4 of us, which based on this year’s experience in France was reasonable.

As soon as the previous group had done their abseil we were introduced to Pierre our guide/instructor, who got us all kitted up and took us to the ‘mouth’ of the hole above the cavern, I found it slightly tricky to get to the starting platform, but the rest of my family were absolutely fine. Pierre expertly connected our descenders to our ropes, so we were all sitting alongside each other and then we started the 50m decent. A few meters down, the ‘hole’ opens into the cavern, which is breath taking! There is no rush, and I felt so safe,I was happy to hang about and take in the views.

After the abseil we went on the English/French tour through the cavern with Victor, who took great care providing an English translation and even translated other people’s questions for us.

We loved the experience and highly recommend it.
Written August 11, 2018
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Colin P
Bletchley, UK33 contributions
Fantastic Cave
Aug 2018 • Family
Having visited quite a few caves in France I was interested to see if Salamandre lived up to reviews. We arrived at around 12:30 and were told the next English tour was at 13:30, this suited us and we had lunch and sorbet from the well equipped cafe while waiting till the tour start.
Antonio was our guide, he had a good sense of English dry humour and entertained us throughout the tour.
The caves themselves were beautiful, thanks to the fantastic lighting and really good well lit walkways, LED lighting on the path and handrails led the way, unlike some caves which are like darkened death traps! Great explanations as to how the formations were created and partly destroyed by earthquakes, plus imaginative descriptions of some of the stalling mites and tights, from owls to giraffe's the funniest being one that looked like broccoli!!
Well worth a visit, I intend to return next year and enter via the cave mouth, all caving equipment supplied, while my daughter wants to abseil in into the cavern.
Written August 3, 2018
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Justine M
Drysdale, Australia28 contributions
Great place to visit
May 2018 • Friends
This place has been on my list of things to see during or trip and we almost decided it was too far..I am sooo glad we made the trip. The walk from the carpark is an easy one but longer than expected, so ensure you allow plenty of time so as to not miss the beginning of your tour. We were the only English speakers in the tour but the guide was fabulous at providing 2 lots of explanations. The cave is huge and the stalactites are amazing. The size of them is truly beyond belief at times. It was a magical place to visit and a highlight of our trip. The outside had also a lovely scenic views. Definitely worth a visit and great for the whole family.
Written June 26, 2018
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maddiejb
Norwich, UK3 contributions
Nice afternoon underground however not suitable for people with mobility difficulties
Aug 2017 • Family
Very impressive cave to visit, the lighting inside the cave makes it amazing to look at. We went on a very hot day, and being inside a cave is definitely very refreshing.
However a few negative comments:
- we went with my grandma, and she struggled walking around the cave because of how steep it was inside. There was nothing outside the cave to warn us of this.
- we asked to have the guided tour in English, and they told us 15 minutes. We ended up waiting 45 minutes in the heat outside for a visit in English
- the visit ended up being French with guide translating some thing into bad English. Disappointing to not have a visit in correct English.
- Bad organisation in refreshment area. Very slow service.
Written August 28, 2017
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Dear Visitor, First of all, thank you for your visit and to let us know very clearly your disapointment. I am very sorry to read how bad your experience was. As you could read on this site, most of our customers are really happy of the discovery of our cave, and what you describe is totally unacceptable and obviously requires improvements from us. About the fact that the inside of the cave is very steep, we have 54 steps going down and 85 steps going up. We normally tell it to all of our visitors but you are right, it would be better to put a better information warning you before you go; mostly knowing that we have an option not to go through the stairs, but joining the "Belvedere", a terrace inside of the cave overlooking it and offering 90% of the view, accessible to people in a wheelchair. This is unique in Europe. On top of this, you got a "bilingual" tour instead of a tour in English, half an hour later. What probably happended is that our English speaking guide started his tour without clearly checking for English speaking people waiting. This is obviously not acceptable. I guess the day you came was crowded. We normally have a big enough staff to face busy days, but it happened a few time that our performance was not what it should be. Again, I appologize for having disapointed you and if you would come again, I will personnally invite you for a tour in English. Best regards, Daniel
Written October 9, 2017
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DorothyCairo
Cairo, Egypt75 contributions
Fairytale Cave but lost in translation.
Aug 2017
We visited the cave as a family - grandparents, our daughter and her two girls, 8 and 5. I bought the tickets at the guest center and asked what time the tour in English was and was told 2:30 p.m. Since it was still 2;15 p.m. and the coffee shop had no customers at the counter, we figured we had plenty of time to grab a coffee before starting the tour, which should take about an hour. The girl making the coffee was soooo slow, and she couldn't understand that we wanted one hot chocolate. She thought we were asking for a hot dog. Anyway.....we got our piping hot coffee and hot chocolate after almost 10 minutes and just as the tour was about to begin. A guide passed through the tables outside, announcing in French that the tour was about to begin. I went back to the ticket counter to ask if this was the Englsih tour and was told it was. We had to throw away the coffee because it was too hot to drink and of course you can't take it with you. My husband however, took his hot chocolate back to the counter and managed to convey that he would pick it up on his way out after the tour.
We introduced ourselves to the guide, to let her know we were English speakers. She told us in a matter of fact tone that she would be giving the information in French, but that we should stay close to her if we wanted her to explain again in English. At the first stop, she gave a detailed explanation in French (we were towards the back of the group) and we felt it would have taken her too long to go through it all again in English so we decided to just enjoy the cave and find out about it through Google when we got home. At one point she did come back to us to ask if we had any questions.
The cave is magnificent. We had never been in one before and this was really spellbinding. The access and layout are very comfortable to navigate. The lighting is spectacular. Our two little granddaughters were spellbound. There is quite a drop in temperature when you go in, so do follow the advice given to wear a jacket.
The walk to and from the car park is well thought out also but if you are bringing a stroller, could be a bit of push on the way back. The girls had fun reading the various quiz and trivia posters along the way.
Definitely worth a visit and a great family outing. It would have been perfect if we had known what we were looking at. Maybe in future an audio guide could be provided for non french speakers, or even a fact sheet.
Written August 25, 2017
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debsussex
Brighton50 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2017 • Family
We went on a very hot day so the coolness of the caves was most welcome. We were a group of 10 English and the guide went to great pains to translate for us which was most helpful. The caves were stunning and his knowledge was very broad. Of mention is the long walk from the car park which is fine going - downhill - but not so fun on the way back as it is all uphill. We did visit during the recent heatwave which probably had an impact on the walk back. Definitely worth a visit
Written August 23, 2017
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