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Address: Route Departementale 261, 65660 Aventignan, France
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+33 5 62 98 81 50
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

GARGAS 27 000 years ago, Homo Sapiens's families frequented the caves of...

GARGAS 27 000 years ago, Homo Sapiens's families frequented the caves of Gargas. These men, women and children left numerous tracks on walls: engravings and paintings of animals, but also and especially more than 200 paintings of hands the scientists of which still look for the meaning.

Gargas is one of rare decorated caves open to the public and thus number limited by people during the visits (compulsory Reservation)

NESTPLORIA is a center of interpretation which gathers in a playful way the prehistory and the new technologies. He allows to uncover the secrets of Gargas via digital tools.

THE EXPLORERS OF THE PREHISTORY is a permanent exhibition to learn about the jobs by the archaeology: tub of searches, reproduction of a prehistoric camp, etc.

THE TRIBE OF the BUFFALO is the new cooperative and family video game created quite specially for Gargas-Nestploria. Up to 8 players can embody the members of the tribe of the bison. Together, they have to explore numerous territories and associate their skills to survive and reach their purpose: find a refuge for winter and become a real tribe.

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A really atmospheric and truly spectacular cave system. The tour was all in French, but we had an English hand-out and managed to follow most of the important points. The... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2015
North Wales
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

We chose to visit the caves when the temperature outside was unbearably hot so the 11 degrees in the cave was welcomed (we luckily brought a jumper to wear). Unfortunately they didn't provide us with an English translation of the guide at the ticket counter and they weren't available at the caves which are about 1km further up the road.... More 

Thank Nicola C
North Wales
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Reviewed 17 August 2015

A really atmospheric and truly spectacular cave system. The tour was all in French, but we had an English hand-out and managed to follow most of the important points. The limestone formations were amazing and beautifully lit, and the ancient hand prints and paintings were wonderful. The site has carefully controlled visitor numbers, so booking in advance during summer is... More 

1 Thank Tegfantrio
Lyon, France
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Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

These two caves (joined now, but not in antiquity) contain mysterious prehistoric paintings. The tour begins with the upper cave, where animals and markings are only faintly visible. Going further into the hillside, further underground and further back in time, your guide takes you to the real stars of the site: over 200 outlines of hands created around 20,000 years... More 

Thank Alison H
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 January 2015

A beautiful new complex now houses the booking office and an interactive and high tech museum. The museum should not be missed nor especially the booking office. The entrance to the caves is 900 metres beyond the booking office and access is afforded by a guide from the complex - so do not go up to the entrance directly. As... More 

Thank mikeandros
London, Canada
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

We found it most fascinating to be able to visit these caves and to see the prehistoric cave drawings and especially the hand prints. Unfortunately, I feel that we missed out on a lot, as there was no English speaking guide available for our visit so that we had to make do with our limited knowledge of French and an... More 

Thank 53Shadrach
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

If you are interested in prehistoric man/woman combined with art, then this is the palace to visit. I studied archaeology at university so have a leaning, interest wise, to this sort of thing. However, I have been back to this particular cave now three times. It never fails to impress. The hand drawings, which archaeologists think were created by spitting... More 

Thank Gary275
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

this is the second time we have tried to visit this place. the first time (2 years ago) and then we were told that we needed to come back 2 hours later as there was only 2 visits per afternoons , though there was no info as to this on the website. so this time we rung in advance and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

The Grottes de Gargas offer perhaps the best experience in France (after Niaux) to see cave art. Unlike Niaux the visit is physically pretty easy, with steps and walkways. One has to walk up a steepish path to enter the higher of two linked caves, and after that it is downhill all the way. We had an excellent English-speaking guide... More 

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