La Grotte de la Vache

The Cave of the Cow

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Location: Alliat
Open: Christmas holidays, Winter holidays, All Saints' day holidays, Easter holidays daily 14:30, 16.
APR to JUN daily 14:30, 16.
JUL to AUG daily 10-17:30, last tour 17:30.
SEP daily 14:30, 16.
Closed 25-DEC, 01-JAN.
Fee: Adults EUR 8, Children (6-12) EUR 4, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (+): Adults EUR 7.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric.
Guided tours: D=90min.
Address: Grottes de Haute Ariege, 09400 Alliat, Tel: +33-561-059506, Fax: +33-561-647061. E-mail: contact
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La grotte de la Vache is the smallest of the prehistoric caves at Ariège, which are open to the public. The remains of this cave date between 15,000 and 12,000 years old. The most important chamber of the cave is called Monique, where a complete camp of the hunters was excavated. After 20 years of work it was possible to reconstruct the whole camp. This includes weaponry, tools, typical game and of course the artworks.