Grotte de la Cocalière

Visit one of the most beautiful caves in France. Between Gard and Ardèche, its exceptional setting allows you to discover the wonders of nature: discs, cave pearls, crystal basin... return by small train. A 1-hour walk accessible to all ages.

Description

A guided tour with commentary throughout a secured itinerary lasting approximately one hour. The Cocalière underground tour is suitable for all ages. Down here the temperature remains at a constant 14 degrees Celsius. You’ll discover an active cave, still under formation.

Besides the usual calcite concretions, stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes and sizes (including massifs and columns), you’ll also see along the way some circular concretions - disks that seem to defy gravity. At La Cocalière they are at their most beautiful and most unusual, hanging from the vault in fine semi-transparent draperies (or calcite curtains) striated with growth marks, not forgetting the eccentric budding crystals, fistulas and long fine macaroni tubes.

These curiosities of geology are mirrored in the clear blue waters of the natural pools festooned with decorative calcite formations. Those in the Salle des Gours section are arranged in steps and are quite remarkable. A cave pearl under formation won’t fail to capture your attention, all the more so as this natural phenomenon is a sight of extreme rarity.

Near the exit, you’ll see a representation of prehistoric excavations with objects and bones from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. From there, a little train will take you across the garrigue back to the reception area.

Discovery Trail - Free access

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Labels and ranking

  • Bad weather alternative
  • Qualité Tourisme™
  • Esprit parc national

Activities

  • Recreational activities
  • Tourist cave / Other landscaped natural sites

Opening

From 15/03 to 30/06/2022, daily.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022, daily.

From 01/09 to 06/11/2022, daily.

Visit

Individual tour

  • Average Duration of the individual tour: 60 minutes

Group tour

  • Guided group tours available permanently
  • Average duration of groups visit: 60 minutes
  • Min. group size: 20
  • Max. group size: 50

Rate

Adult: 13.50 €
Child: 9.50 €
Job seeker: 12.50 €
Student: 12.50 €
Disabled: 11 €
Group adults: 11 €
Group children: 10 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years, the drivers.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Last visit departure15mn before closing.

Payment options:

  • Bank/credit card
  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash

Situation

Show itinerary

Amenities and Services

  • Coach access
  • Educational visits
  • Fast food
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Pets welcome
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Defibrillator
  • Coach parking
  • Private parking
  • Free car park