Grottes de Betharram, Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre
(3.9/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
Grottes de Betharram features five stories of caves that you can access by foot, boat, or train. Discovered in 1810, this was one of the first grottos open to the public and later was the first to use electric illumination. Travel along a 2.8 km (1.7 mi) route to see the whole cavern. If you leave the grottos by boat, you'll float into the river Gave de Pau. Arrange your visit to Grottes de Betharram and discover more family-friendly attractions in Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre using our Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre travel itinerary maker.
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  • A fantastic tour walk inside Dela Grotto, then into a small boat on the Lake and finally into a small electric train. And the final season seems transported from the middle of the last century.
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  • Discovered in 1819, the caves of Lestelle-Betharram were opened to the public in 1903 through the determination of Léon Ross (1847-1933), painter and photographer malouin installed in the Pyrenees. He worked first at the development paths of exploration and its electrification from the gave of Pau and, in collaboration with the famous french Caver Édouard-Alfred Martel (1859-1938), a better knowledge of its galleries and its resurgence. Subsequently, four generations of the family Ross assured the development of this very interesting recreational tourism attraction which is full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, drapery, gours, underground river, beautifully set off by lighting. To 14th (adult), the visitor is invited to some 2.8 km of underground galleries (over 80 m of elevation, downhill which easier) first walk, then by boat and by train (duration: 1 h 20). It's a bus that transports us from the parking lot located at Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre in Hautes-Pyrénées (ticket and return of the train) at the entrance to the cave, located in the municipality of Asson in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Informative guided tour. One of the most beautiful caves that we visited in France.
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  • Hyper interesting visit for young and old. The path to feet is very well done and allows a comfortable walk. The cave is fabulous and allows us to discover ignored features so far (concrétions sponge because evoke the alveoli of a sponge). Guide very pro and with humor. A mix of comments of the guide with recorded commentary explain us some basics. The final very fun because some way by boat to finish by train to exit. Go ahead!
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  • Amazing caves, and the first section of the tour is wheelchair accessible, if a little steep in places. The tour groups people by language to allow them to do their explanations based on who is on each tour. At our visit, we were the only English speaking visitors so got a personalised tour!
  • This must have been a top attraction when they first opened it to the Public in 1903. The reception buildings, restaurant, souvenir-shop and even the costumes of the staff is still in art nouveau style. The guide pays attention to every single person, no matter the nationality. There are audio tapes played for different languages at different stages of the cave, at least English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch, but possibly more are available. The story told is really compelling. The area is huge. There is small boat trip and even some kind of luna-park style trainride/rollercoaster at the end, which takes you through hundreds of meters of cave. These people know how to entertain a wide public!
  • Really good time, guide very helpful when he realised we were ONLY 2 English people there. 10 Spanish, 50+ French.
  • Very beautiful moment. It's pretty impressive to see these huge caves! The guide was very good. The short trip by train at the end was great. Plan a jacket because it is very cool.
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  • Superb ride to the heart of the mountains! 1 h 30 of beauty in my eyes. It's magic, don't miss this tour that offers the forgotten beauties of nature. Walk on foot, boat and train! The boat ride is actually a crossing from one point to another, do not expect a real walk 1 min max. But the train catch fire, do not worry. Put some good shoes a little Cardigan, and bring your family to marvel. Go on a visit in the morning because it is many many world and small forward easily triple! Good trip
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