Niaux Cave, Tarascon-sur-Ariege
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
Niaux Cave 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 Niaux Cave to your Tarascon-sur-Ariege travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tarascon-sur-Ariege vacation builder.
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Quelle expérience mémorable. Une randonnée à pied sous la terre à la découverte des peintures préhistoriques de Cro-Magnon avec comme seul éclairage une lampe de poche par personne. Certains accès son... read more »What a memorable experience. A hiking underground in the discovery of prehistoric Cro-Magnon paintings with as only light a flashlight per person. Some access stand a little closer but easily accessible position. Before coming to the paintings, the scenery is magnificent. The cave is full of stalactites, stalagmites and other concretions but we are well warned by the guide: as the time allowed in the cave is limited, there will be no comments on the various concretions inside the cave. The discovered paintings in the large black lounge is magical. The guide comments allow us to appreciate the different paintings. But we remain partially on our hunger! Why give the bulk of the information in the form of questions? We are not at school. We visit the cave of Niaux to hear a specialist told us, for to learn/discover as much as possible (let's not forget that time in the cave is very limited for conservation purposes) and not to hear the different assumptions of other tourists. Why take the time to make the cries and singing at the Claire Fontaine (by the guide itself) in the large black lounge rather than use any valuable time in this one for us talk about paintings and Cro-Magnon... the initial purpose of the visit. .show original
My wife and I booked on the English speaking tour via the Mirepoix Tourism Office. Others turned up hoping they could visit the caves and were lucky but this not always the case especially in summer. ... read more »
The cave at Niaux (rhymes with "meow") was a wonderful experience. The drive from Toulouse was relatively quick and easy with our GPS. The young woman who led our English speaking tour, Miriam, was ex... read more »
This is one of a very few painted caves with the original art still open for visits to the public. The Grotte is right above the hamlet of Niaux, and well sign-posted. Reservations are required, but easy to get online (except in the height of Summer). A strictly limited number of people are provided with flashlights and make the 800 meter cave walk to the Salon Noir, where several vivid panels of megafauna -- bison, horses -- and proto-writing are realistically portrayed. On a par with Altamira and Lascaux, and a thrilling visit to prehistory. There is an English tour; tours are conducted by an archaeologist who really knows. This was an exceptionally memorable visit. The tour takes about an hour and a half, but the exhibition and explanation (all in French, unfortunately) is worthwhile. The narrow road to the cave is a little harrowing, and the walk is not for uncertain walkers or children under 6.
AMAZING-despite french only guide (know about 6 french words)
Esther CastellviFantastic! Can not I put you six stars? Essential in the area of the Ariège. Aside from paintings, the cave itself, is much more "real" than any of them that they have visited so far and the great guide. You have to buy tickets on the website (serves to bring the pdf on your mobile), visits in French or English, not recommended for children under six years and people with reduced mobility. There are that go warm and with footwear of walking since makes cold and the floor is very slippery.show original
Matteo BenevelliBeautiful carvings, location a bit rugged but accessible by campers. Very impressive landscape.show original
Benoit garelPARENTS of young children ATTENTION we bought tickets on the internet by specifying the age of the children. No problem. On the other hand two minutes before the start of the tour, the guide we has very strongly discouraged to visit, stating among other things that "children is noisy". Especially not to yield, the visit is very easy and tickets would not be refunded...show original
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