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Grotte de Niaux, Tarascon-sur-Ariege

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Grotte de Niaux are known for the high quality of their Magdalenian paintings, which were finished over 14,000 years ago. An 800 m (2,625 ft) route over wet, uneven ground brings you to the "Black Chamber,” where paintings of large Magdalenian mammals have an international reputation for their amazing quality. Over 100 highly detailed depictions in black outline ibex, bison, horses, and deer. Begin your trek by walking through narrow, dark passages to several impressive galleries before arriving in the Salon Noir, a massive rotunda with walls covered in paintings. Advance reservations are required. English tours are offered at certain times but slots fill up quickly. You can download or purchase a pamphlet with descriptions of each gallery. Add Grotte de Niaux to your Tarascon-sur-Ariege travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tarascon-sur-Ariege vacation builder.
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  • We loved this cave, although it is quite a slippery and bumpy path to do the 1600 m round trip. One needs boots or super good walking shoes as there are very few added walkways and handrails. This is ...  more »
  • This is a must see, a once in a lifetime experience. We were in the last group, so only 8 of us went into the depths of the cave. You carry dim torches into the cave, following the guide. It's a good ...  more »
  • Guided tours (most of them in French) are given at carefully set hours and days so as not to upset the atmosphere inside. (Lascaux is now closed after decades of people breathing in there and letting ...  more »