Grottes de Betharam


Useful Information

Location: At Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre, 25km from Pau, 15km from Lourdes. From Pau towards Lourdes or Lourdes towards Pau follow D937. Turn south at Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre.
Open: 25-MAR to OCT daily 9-12, 13:30-17:30.
NOV to 24-MAR Mon-Fri 14:30-16.
[2011]
Fee: Adults EUR 12.80, Children (4-10) EUR 7.40, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 11, Children (11-17) EUR 7, Children (5-10) EUR 6.
[2011]
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric.
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Guided tours: D=80min.
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Address: Grottes de Betharam, 65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre, Tel: +33-562-418004, Fax: +33-562-418725. E-mail: contact
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History

 
1810discovered.
1880visited by British residents of Pau.
1898explored by M Leo Ross of St Malo.
1903opened to the public by Leo Ross.

Description

The Grottes de Betharam are the only show cave in France, where the visitor crosses from one department to another underground. Actually its also the border between two region, one entrance is in Midi-Pyrénées, the other in Aquitaine. A shuttle bus brings the cave visitors from the ticket office to the cave entrance, which is some way up a hill. The tour is a one way trip through a well decorated passage with several chambers and a boat ride at the beginning. The visitor returns to the surface after an underground train ride adjacent to the ticket office. The cave is a well visited tourist destination, as a result of its proximity to Lourdes.


See also


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