8 Caves in France that you should visit - With photos & details

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8 Caves to explore in France

France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones with a total of 12 time zones. France has long been a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually.

Aven d'Orgnac2240 Route de, L'Aven, 07150 Orgnac-l'Aven, France

The Aven d'Orgnac is a subterranean cavity classed as a Grand Site de France and situated near the town of Orgnac-l'Aven. With its origins going back more than 100 million years, the Aven d'Orgnac presents a sight of spectacular beauty. Time has fashioned fabulous and wildly diverse crystalline formations that can be seen in the gigantic chambers. One of the beautiful places in this area which shows light to natural beauty.

Cave of GoupillièresRoute d'Artannes, Lieu-dit Les Goupillières, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France

The eighth longest explored cave in the world and the second deepest cave in the United states and It is most famous for its unusual geology, rare formations, and pristine condition. ess to the cave is limited to approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams, and National Park Service management-related trips.

Caves of Arcy-sur-CureRN 6, 89270 Arcy-sur-Cure, France

The caves of Arcy-sur-Cure are a series of caves located on the commune of Arcy-sur-Cure, Burgundy, France. Some of them contained archaeological artifacts, from the Mousterian to Gallo-Roman times.  Some hold remarkable parietal art, the second oldest presently known after those of the Chauvet cave. Another notable characteristic of these caves is the time-long series of pollen, related to determined and consistent archaeological levels. Listed monument Historique in 1992, they are partially op

Chauvet CaveChauvet Cave, 07150 Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France

The Chauvet Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in the Ardèche region of southern France that houses the best-preserved, exquisite examples of prehistoric art. it is considered one of the most significant prehistoric art sites and the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO granted it World Heritage status. Its age and artistry have made us reconsider the story of art as well as the capabilities of these humans. The cave has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

Grotte chauvet 2 - Ardèche4941 Route de Bourg St Andéol, 07150 Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France

The Chauvet 2 Cave - Ardèche is a replica of the Chauvet cave. Its construction began in October 2012 and it was opened to the public in 2015. It is a cultural, scientific, and technological project, unique in both its design and its size which in fact the largest ornate cave replica in the world.

Grotte de Font-de-Gaume1-4 Avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies, France

The cave of Font-de-Gaume is an ornate French cave located in the former commune of Eyzies-de-Tayac, in the Dordogne department. Its walls have more than 200 Magdalenian engravings and paintings. It is among the last major decorated caves in France with polychrome works, which are open to the public. The works are comparable in their richness to those of Arcy-sur-Cure, Altamira or Lascaux , even if their state of conservation is much less.

LascauxLascaux, 24290 Montignac, France

Lascaux is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac.  It houses some of the most famous examples of prehistoric cave paintings. There are around 600 paintings which are mostly of animals. Besides these paintings, which represent most of the major images, there are also around 1400 engravings of a similar order which are dated to c. 17,000 – c. 15,000 BCE.

Rouffignac CaveRouffignac Cave, 24580 Fleurac, France

Rouffignac Cave is one of the largest caves which was located in the  Dordogne département which contains around, which contains over 250 engravings and cave paintings dating back to the Upper Paleolithic. There is over 8 km of underground caverns and tunnels which was open to the public. Visitors are taken to the prehistoric art on an electric train and a journey deep into the cave that lasts about an hour.