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The Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya, France

The Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya

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July-Aug - 10 am - 1 Pm and 2 Pm - 6 Pm (depart every 20 mins) March-May, Oct-Nov - tours 2pm - 5pm June-Sept guided tours at 11 and 12 am and from 2pm to 5 pm On Monday for schools and public holidays also at 11 am Open all year for groups upon reservation

The Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya Tour and Trip in Hasparren, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France


Impressive rock formations and prehistoric relics

(Photography not allowed inside caves.)
In a maze of 600 metres of tunnels one of Europe's richest archeological sites. Home to neanderthal and cro-magnon man, in all more than 70000 objects, engravings and paintings paintings and engravings have been uncovered on the site.

The cave of Isturitz, was discovered in 1895, and contains impressive stalagmite.

The cave of Oxocelhaya, a cathedral of rock carved by water over thousands of years.

In the cave of Erberua, runs the Arberoue, a formerly ultra-powerful river which carved out the grottes (caves).

Archaeological museum
Ethnic and mineral objects in the Nature and Prehistory Shop, Regional products and dishes in the 'Bodega' or on the Oxocelhaya Farm.

Temperature c. 14 C so take jacket

Reduced prices for 7-14 year olds, under 7 free

Guided Visits:
45 mns guided tours in French, English, Spanish and Basque.

10 kms from Hasparren,
20 km from Cambo les bains,
30 mins from the coast and Saint Jean Pied de Port
1 hour from the Spanish border and Hendaye
Motor-way Bayonne – Pau A 64 exit 3 or 4






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