GROTTE DE LA VERNA
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It is the largest underground hall in Europe, ranked among the top 10 in the world and the first to be converted for the general public. Extraordinary dimensions: 250 m in diameter and 190 m high over an area of 5 ha and a volume of 3.6 millionm3. For the record, students from the Polytechnique flew a hot-air balloon there...! In this abyss, 3 different types of land are opposed to each other, schist and limestone from the primary era (350 million years ago) and limestone from the secondary era (80 million years ago). In the middle of this mineral universe, a remarkable fauna has settled, small invertebrates, all blind and depigmented, the Aphaenops loubensi and the Aphaenops cabidochei, which need to live in an atmosphere saturated with humidity. "Discoverers, explorers or adventurers... to each his own visit!" You start at the Visitor Centre with a choice of 2 accesses: on foot along an 8 km marked path to the GR10 and the Arpidia ravine (2h round trip-1h30 return) or by shuttle bus for 30 minutes. According to your wishes and your physical capacities are proposed: 1h of discovery for beginners, 1h30 for river exploration which allows you to access the waterfall spillway in the room, 2h for a sports exploration with a caving guide. Rather adventurous? It's "la Verna Aventure"; a sporting visit with an introduction to speleology from 3 hours to a whole day. Temperature of 6°C, even in summer, please bring warm clothing, trousers and walking shoes. An exceptional and unmissable site.
Information on GROTTE DE LA VERNA
Quality Tourism. Open all year round. By reservation only. Rates vary according to the time of visit, including access to the site with shuttle bus. Discovery tour 1h: adults: 17 €, children (from 5 years old): 11 €, river exploration 1h30: adults: 22 €, children (from 7 years old): 16 €. Sports exploration 2h : adults : 27 €, children (min age 10 years old) : 21 €, la Verna Aventure - departure assured from 5 persons : 3h : 46 € (min age 12 years old), 5h : 64 € (min age 14 years old), 8h : 86 € (min age 16 years old). Tourism & Handicap Label. First prize in the 2013 Accessibility Trophies in the Tourism and Disability category. Reduced rates except public holidays, school holidays and we on visits 1h, 1h30, 2h.
Services offered by GROTTE DE LA VERNA
- Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
- Accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite
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