The Cave where Prehistory, Traditions and Legends come together
An eloquent visit: 3rd most visited site in the Basque Country, the Sare Caves offer you a guided tour in sound and light. It is composed of several themes: a fascinating and atypical geology, the temporary occupation of the cave by prehistoric man without forgetting a part of our history through mythology, but also an approach to the origins of the Basque people with its language, traditions and landscapes. This visit is based on the work and writings of J.-M. de Barandiaran, one of the greatest anthropologists of his time. One hour of guided tour, where the guide will provide you with additional information along a fully equipped and secure route. To the rhythm of the txalaparta, you will admire the extraordinary work of water over millions of years. You will see one of the largest porches in the Basque Country and wander through the galleries to discover meanders, pipes, gours and other concretions, not forgetting the prehistoric habitat where man stayed temporarily more than 20,000 years ago. A visit suitable for young and old alike!
A protected area: in collaboration with the CEN Aquitaine (Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels) and the GCA (Groupe Chiroptères Aquitaine), the commune of Sare and the Sare Caves have signed a partnership with these institutions in order to better understand and preserve the natural heritage of the Sare Caves and its surroundings. The Sare Caves are now part of Natura 2000, a protected area for its fauna and flora, some species of which are even endemic. Inside the cave, the bat, the only flying mammal, is watching us. Let's not disturb it any longer! Several species are regularly monitored (counted), as some are highly endangered. The Sare caves are considered a place of international interest for their protection.
Megalithic Park and Site Museum: before or after the visit to the caves, two free visits are offered, the Megalithic Park built by Dr Blot, a true reconstitution of the various monuments erected by man during the protohistoric period (2800 years BC) and the museum which presents the occupation of the cave by man from prehistoric times to the present day. Children will also find an area dedicated to bats!
From 10 February to 31 March, open Monday to Friday from 2 to 5 pm*, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm*. April, May, June, September: every day from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm*. August: every day from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm*. From 1st October to 1st November inclusive: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm*. From 2 November to 3 January 2021: daily Monday to Friday from 14h to 17h* and from 13h to 17h* on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on 25 December and 1 January. * : last departure 15 min. before closing time; can be modulated according to the course of the day. Adult : 9 €. Child (from 5 to 13 years old) : 5 €. Teenagers (14 to 17 years old included) and students (on compulsory presentation of the card) : 7,50 €. Disabled person: 5,50 € (part of the visit can be done, please ask beforehand by phone). Groups of 15 people or more (booking required): see prices and conditions on: https://www.grottesdesare.fr/horaire_tarif.php. The site is designed to be accessible to the greatest number of people. Information on: https://www.grottesdesare.fr/accessibilité.html. Preferential rate for readers of Le Petit Futé (on presentation of the Guide): adult: 8 €, child (5 to 13 years old included): 4 €. Bar/café area and fast-food restaurant in summer. Shop. 3 car parks. Inside the cave, are not accepted : animals, pushchairs, photo/video shooting. CREDIT CARD. Cheques. Local currency Eusko. Holiday vouchers.
"The caves of Sare where prehistory, traditions and legends meet..."
A one-hour guided tour, along an arranged route, where you will discover the fascinating and atypical geology of the cavity before tackling the origins and mythology of the Basque people. Cross the impressive entrance porch before going up the great meander towards the prehistoric habitat site
After this guided tour, you will visit the site museum which retraces man's occupation from prehistory to the present day before walking through the megalithic park to discover the dolmens, menhirs and other monuments. A site open all year round except in January
For more information : tel 05 59 54 21 88
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