Grottes de Bétharram

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Grottes de Bétharram
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Suz Wilkinson
Minato, Japan31 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
The sheer size of this structure is impressive. You are taken in a bus to the entrance of the caves and from there, with the aid of a well informed guide (who spoke in French but came up to us personally to recount it all in English), you progress down through the caves back to where you started. It is a great experience if you're into caves as you get up close and can touch some of the structures such as the 'bell'.

Inside the cave it is about 12 degrees (C) so you should take a jacket.

We took our 6 year old daughter and it was a bit too much for her. The tour itself takes 80 minutes, however you have to allow for quite a bit more time. First you need to wait for the bus to take you to the entrance. Then you have to wait for everyone in the group to pay for tickets. Then you have to wait before they let you in. It seemed like we were waiting a lot (and then your child decides they need to take a leek and there's dripping water from the caves...)

There is a lot of walking. The boat trip is only 100m long so the train trip back to the start is a welcome relief after an hour on your feet.

These grottes are best visited by car. The nearest train station is 3km away. We didn't stay close enough to see if there were any bus routes that dropped you off closer to the entrance.

I hope this review helps you decide whether you want to visit the caves or not. Enjoy your holiday!
Written July 21, 2015
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France405 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Beautiful caves and a really interesting tour, the boat ride was quite short, but the train ride at the end was a lot of fun. I visited in the high season and i didnt find it too busy. Don't forget to bring warm clothing, as the temperature drops the further down you go. Quite a lot of stairs so could be difficult for young children and the elderly. Definately worth the visit
Written July 29, 2018
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Sparrowlegs77
Stafford, UK158 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We decided to go here because it was wet weather and thought we would get protection from being underground. We are so glad that we went. When we arrived and were standing in a seamlessly pointless queue I had very low hopes. You have to queue for the bus to the entrance and I think there is a minimum your party size.
Our guide was very good and spoke perfect English. All of the audio tour was also available in English. The caves are massive and very impressive. There are quite alot of steps and the temperature is 13 degrees ceclius so dress appropriately. Sturdy footwear is also good.
Flash photography in the caves is not permitted. The train ride was very good fun and the boat journey was also good.
The usual range of gifts, drinks and food are available in the shop at the end.
Written June 12, 2018
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gmusd
San Diego, CA1 contribution
Apr 2016 • Family
I struggled to bring myself to give this a "poor" rating instead of a "terrible" because the caves really are amazing. Having said that, the operation here screams tourist-trap. It is incredibly poorly run. While they are more than happy to take your money, they are incredibly rude and provide services that rival tourist traps in the Deep South of the USA. While the culture of customer service is not an overriding feature of France in general, the complete lack of this here really stands out in our now month-long travels through France. Unless you are REALLY into caves (and this one is impressive), save your money and time and enjoy something else.
Written April 4, 2016
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Hedibear
21 contributions
This attraction is a nightmare. The website isn't in English. Upon arriving at the complex its ran by teenagers that don't speak English. You will wait in line to get on a bus. You will wait in a building at the mouth of the cave longer than the 1 hour tour. Inadequate planning and execution by whomever is running this farce. These folks need to go to a Disneyland and see how lines and crowds are supposed to be managed. Stay away or waste an entire day trying to get into a cave.
Written July 28, 2014
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luffie
Hythe, UK383 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
We visited the caves in early September so it was off-season and fairly quiet. Having said that, it was a bit slow to get going... waiting for the coach to take us up to the cave entrance, and then waiting at the entrance for everyone to buy their tickets etc.

We were the only English people in a group of mostly French, and a few Spanish. The guide talked to the different groups separately in their native language which was nice. It made it feel a little more personal. The caves were interesting and a beautiful natural wonder. Temperature in there was low but comfortable. There was a lot of walking and a lot steps (mainly down) to deal with so not great for the elderly/infirm or small children. The boat ride was short, but fun after a lot of walking. The train ride was quite a lot of fun at the end. You then exit through the gift shop and small cafe which are located in a beautiful building.

Price was pretty good.

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written October 8, 2017
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GNTLAQUA
Margate, UK139 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We queued for more than 2 hours just to get in. There were toilets of a kind (holes in the floor- we have not mastered these yet!!!!) so waited. After finally getting in, we waited again to be taken round, despite being with lots of other English people (you take a flag on entry - this is essential as they move English people through in groups quicker). It is not suitable for older people with mobility problems - it's cold (14 degrees) it's low (anyone over 5'6' needs to spend a lot of time bending down. The French tour guide kept forgetting their were English people in his group and talked almost exclusively in French them set an audio to play to us in English and walked off! There was lots of stopping and starting - the boat ride was 20m and not worth it! The train ride after was the best part! We didn't feel it suitable for small children - it was boring for them - once you have seen one stalactites you've seen them all! It was 14 euros for adults - the couple we were with (in their 20s rated it as 0.5 out of 10 and 4/10). Altogether we were underground more than 2 hours with half of this just standing around on top of the two hours to get in. Unless you are fascinated by rocks and caves I wouldn't be going!
Written August 17, 2017
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tootyg
Bessbrook, UK123 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
There is a bus that takes you from the car park to the caves. There's quite a bit of time spent waiting for everyone in the group to buy their tickets. The tour itself is over an hour. Be sure to wear sensible shoes as there's a lot of walking (unlike me in flip flops!). It's also quite cold so bring a jumper or coat. Our guide was very good. There are recordings in different languages but he kept speaking to us in English & making sure that we understood everything. Inside is so impressive. The highlight for us was the short boat ride & the train at the end. Good value for money - €13.50 for adults. Would definitely recommend.
Written July 25, 2015
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passionflora
Cambridge, MA208 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
The hotel manager suggested that we visit this cave. The weather was dismal, so we thought why not. Actually, it was a wise decision. For 90 minutes a guide takes the group through a extraordinary system of caves. The tour is mostly walking, but includes a short boat ride. At the end of the tour, the group takes a train to the cave opening. Our guide was knowledgable and had a great sense of humor.

If possible arrive early and get tickets ahead of time. Word on the street is that the grotte can be extremely busy with tour buses. The tourist information bureau in nearby Nay sells tickets, which is where we purchased ours. Actually, Nay is worth a short visit. The food at Les Deux Palmiers is good and reasonably priced for lunch and has a couple interesting old buildings. The Musee de Beret is also worth a visit.
Written July 12, 2014
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vickyfrance2709
Londres, Royaume-Uni9 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
what a wonderful place to visit andour guide matthew was so funny and welcoming with a great imagination !
Written July 6, 2014
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