LA SALLE SOUTERRAINE DE LA VERNA

Espace accueil Arrakotchepia
D113
Quartier Calla

64560  Sainte-Engrace/Urdatx-Santa-Grazi
France

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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 equipped to accommodate the general public, with extraordinary dimensions, 250 m in diameter and 190 m high, over an area of 5 ha and a volume of 3.6 million cubic metres. For the record, students from the Polytechnique made a hot air balloon flight there... that's to say! In this abyss, 3 soils are opposed to it, the schists and limestones of the primary era (350 million years) and the limestones of the secondary era (80 million years). 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, animals that need to live in an atmosphere saturated in humidity. "Discoverers, explorers or adventurers... to each his own visit"! You start at the Centre d'accueil de Sainte-Engrâce, with two access options: walking access, by a marked 8 km round trip path to the GR10 and the Arpidia ravine (2h round trip and 1h30 return) or shuttle access for 30 minutes of expedition. According to your desires and physical capacities, several solutions will be proposed to you: 1 hour of discovery for discoverers and beginners, 1 hour 30 minutes for river exploration which allows to reach the spillway of the waterfall in the room (50 steps to climb) from 7 years old, 2 hours for a sporting exploration in the company of a speleological guide, from 10 years old... More of an adventurer? It will be "la Verna Aventure" during a sports visit with an introduction to speleology from 3h to a full day. Temperature 6°C, even in summer; bring warm clothes, pants and walking shoes. An exceptional and essential site in the Basque Country.

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Quality Tourism. Open all year round. By reservation only. Rates vary according to the time of the visit and include 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 from 5 people : 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 outside of public holidays, school holidays and outside of we on 1h, 1h30 and 2h visits.

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Visited in september 2017
Le site en lui-même est exceptionnel. Mais je trouve dommage qu'il en soit fait un business, cher qui plus est. Prévoir du chaud.
Notice filed on 01/28/2018 
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Visited in july 2016
Après le "convoyage" en Minibus du parking jusqu'à l'entrée de la grotte, un sous-terrain de 500 m environ vous mène vers un lieu somptueux. Cette grotte est grandiose en volume et en beauté. Cette magnifique cavité est remplie de diverses curiosités.
UNE BELLE GROTTE !
Notice filed on 08/08/2016 
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Un grand merci à notre guide qui nous a permi de visiter un site exceptionnel par sa grandeur mais aussi par sa beauté. La mise en lumière progressive ne dénature pas le site et nous permet de découvrir toute l'immensité de la salle, tout en laissant place à l'imagination grâce à l'ambiance particulière... on imagine d'ailleurs bien le sentiment des premiers explorateurs quand ils ont découvert ce monument ... Je recommande sans hésitation, à tous les amateurs de sites naturels avides de découvrir un lieu unique et bien préservé.
Notice filed on 06/19/2014 
1/5
Tres cher pour 30 mn de visite une fois deduis le transport et le deplacement dans le tunnel tres froid et desagreablement long ;A l'arrivee on pensse etre emerveillee et en fait on est dans le noir puis un peu de lumiere ajoure la piece d'un cote puis de l'autre et le spectecle est finit ;43€ pour trois !
Notice filed on 08/31/2012 
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A Sainte-Engrâce le 21 janvier 2011, visite sportive de la Verna avec escalade, descente en rappel, passage dans les galeries, que du bonheur! Niveau sportif moyen, accessible aux novices de l'escalade, guide extra. A recommander absolument si vous passez entre Oloron et La Pierre Saint Martin.
Notice filed on 01/23/2012 

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