SARE CAVES

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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!

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Opening time and information on SARE CAVES

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.

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"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

Website: www.grottesdesare.fr

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Members' reviews on SARE CAVES

General note: 4.1/5
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Visited in august 2019
Calme et reposant
Un site naturel qui vaut le détour dans l'arrière-pays basque avec de belles grottes éclairées et un parc commenté et bien aménagé. Les guides ont un très bon niveau et les visites sont agréables.
Notice filed on 03/29/2020 
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Visited in october 2019
Grottes de Sare
Visite confortable et très bien documentée. A compléter par les grottes voisines de Zugarramurdi puis d'Urdax, en Espagne, pour une vision d'ensemble de ce réseau souterrain...
Notice filed on 10/31/2019 
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Visited in october 2018
Grottes de Sare
Site naturel magnifique à découvrir.
Personnel très sympathique et animations ludiques pour les enfants.
Notice filed on 02/28/2019 
3/5
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Visited in august 2017
La visite de la grotte est intéressante. La guide connaît beaucoup de choses et nous permet d'en apprendre sur les chauves-souris et l'histoire basque. Je déconseille cependant la visite en été à cause du monde.
Notice filed on 09/03/2017 
4/5
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Visited in june 2017
visite très intéressante,très bons commentaires du guide avec détails et explication diverses,a découvrir
Notice filed on 06/27/2017 
5/5
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Visited in august 2015
J'ai adoré ce lieu chargé d'histoires depuis le début de sa formation il y a des millions d'années. Une visite guidée est de bonne qualité et des éclairages suffisants pour permettre une progression sécurisée, l'intérieur de la grotte est impressionnant. Des tarifs abordables même en famille, parking petit, un parc et un musée sont accessibles même sans billet.
Notice filed on 08/05/2016 
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Visited in july 2015
une grotte dans un havre de paix,ecoutez ce silence,la guide qui nous y a fait rentrées trés competente,elle nous a expliqué les differentes utilisations de cette grotte qui a eu des visiteurs prestigueux comme eugenie bonaparte
Notice filed on 05/27/2016 
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Une visite originale, grâce aux sons et lumières, nous permettant de découvrir l'histoire de la grotte et de la région. Le petit parc à côté de la grotte, le restaurant (où les prix sont très raisonnables) et le service rapide, conviennent parfaitement aux enfants, même en bas âge. Une bonne sortie à faire en famille !
Notice filed on 10/31/2015 
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Dans les pas de plusieurs centaines de générations de visiteurs, vous découvrirez une grotte à plusieurs étages dans lesquelles vous rencontrerez peut-être un Luminak ou autres créatures légendaires. Mais attention, la beauté et le biotope de l'endroit doivent être préservés. Certes, la grotte ne sert plus de refuge aux familles persécutées par carlistes ou autres troupes napoléoniennes, Toutefois, y vivent à l'abri de l'ignorance des hommes de nombreux couples de chauve-souris à ne déranger sous aucun prétexte durant l'été.
Notice filed on 08/14/2014 
4/5
Une visite guidée très enrichissante, adaptée aux parents et aux plus jeunes! Une parcours très aménagé, sans risque. Une visite de grotte atypique! A voir sans hésiter.
Notice filed on 11/20/2010 

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