Grotte Prehistorique de Sare

Gruta de Sare

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Location: Sare, 20 km from Saint Jean de Luz, Basque Country.
Open: 12-FEB to MAR Mon-Fri 14-17, Sat, Sun 17.
09-APR to JUN daily 10-18.
JUL to AUG daily 10-19.
SEP daily 10-18.
OCT daily 10-17.
NOV to 06-JAN Mon-Fri 14-17, Sat, Sun 17.
Closed 25-DEC, 01-JAN.
Fee: Adults EUR 7, Children (5-13) EUR 4, Disabled EUR 4.
Groups (15+): Adults EUR 5.50, Children (14-17) EUR 4, Children (5-13) EUR 3.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System LightSon et Lumière
Guided tours: L=900 m, ST=40, D=60 min.
Address: Grotte Prehistorique de Sare, F-64310 Sare. Tel: +33-559542188, Fax: +33-559542069 E-mail: contact
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The Grotte de Sare is located 5 km south of the village Sare, right at the border to Spain. This southern part of Aquitaine belongs to basque country, and there are numerous caves on both sides of the border. The entrance of the Grotte de Sare is a huge portal, which was used as a shelter since prehistoric times. The remains discovered in the entrance area are the reason for the name Grotte Prehistorique de Sare. However, the actual name of the cave is Lezea Cave.

The cave is equipped with a modern light system using LED technology and offers the typicall French son et lumiere, light and sound show. Among the stories told by the guides are some Basque legends and the story of the Basque peoples origin according to JM de Barandiaran. He was anthropologist and lived in Sare for 15 years, studying the history of the basques.