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The Bétharram Caves (Grottes de Bétharram) are more than just a geological curiosity, they are a fun-filled family attraction too. Travel just a short distance out of Lourdes to reach this enchanting complex of caves, sprawling over five levels. The caves invite visitors to explore them in a number of ways. Spacious walkways lead you underground, taking you to a train track and a boat ride that carry you into the heart of the mountain.
The caves were discovered in 1819 by a soldier from Napoleon’s armies. Later expeditions revealed the extent of the cave network and its many connected layers. Be one of thousands of visitors who have explored the caves since they opened to the public in 1903.
Join a guided tour around the caves, learning about the different formations. Limestone flows, stalagmites and stalactites create unforgettable sights throughout the caves as you follow the walkways lower into the complex. Spot unusual features, such as a stone in the shape of an elephant and the “Pool of the Naiads.”
Descend stairs to an underground lake, where you will board a boat with a dragon at the prow. A guide will then take you across the water and lead you to an underground train. Take a seat and ride the train though a tunnel for a very special way to experience the grottos.
Disembark the train and leave the caves at the end of the trail. The entire journey crosses around 2 miles (3 kilometers) of subterranean wonders.
Emerge from the darkness of the caves into an airy and light café. Here you can enjoy refreshments with stunning views through the large windows. Visit the souvenir store for stony mementos of your trip beneath the mountains.
Drive to the Bétharram Caves from Lourdes in about 20 minutes or take one of the local buses to Saint Pé de Bigorre and walk from there. A large car park accommodates hundreds of guests. The caves are open daily and children pay less to enter. Tours and audioguides are available in multiple languages.
Situated in Lestelle-Betharram, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lac de Lourdes, Zoo d'Asson and Antoine-Beguere Stadium. Chemin de Croix and Basilica of St. Pius X are also within 9 miles (15 km). Montaut Bétharram Station is 24 minutes by foot.
Situated in Saint-Pe-de-Bigorre, this guesthouse is within 6 miles (10 km) of Lac de Lourdes, Massabielle Grotto and Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. Antoine-Beguere Stadium and Chemin de Croix are also within 6 miles (10 km). St-Pe De Bigorre Station is 7 minutes by foot.
Situated in Lestelle-Betharram, this campsite is within 9 miles (15 km) of Zoo d'Asson, Lac de Lourdes and Antoine-Beguere Stadium. Massabielle Grotto and Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary are also within 12 miles (20 km). Montaut Bétharram Station is 19 minutes by foot.
Situated in Arthez-d'Asson, this holiday home is 5.5 mi (8.8 km) from Zoo d'Asson and within 16 miles (25 km) of Birthplace of Bernadette - Moulin de Boly and Eglise Paroissiale du Sacré Coeur. Château Fort de Lourdes and Lac de Lourdes are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Situated on the riverfront, this bed & breakfast is 5 mi (8.1 km) from Zoo d'Asson, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Col du Soulor and Lourdes Golf Club. Col d'Aubisque is 20.5 mi (33 km) away.
Situated in Arthez-d'Asson, this golf cottage is 5 mi (8.1 km) from Zoo d'Asson, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Col du Soulor and Lourdes Golf Club. Col d'Aubisque is 20.5 mi (33 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Lac de Lourdes, Antoine-Beguere Stadium and Chemin de Croix. Basilica of St. Pius X and Château Fort de Lourdes are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Lourdes, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of House of Sainte Bernadette, Basilica of St. Pius X and Le Petit Lourdes. Lac de Lourdes and Hautacam Ski Resort are also within 20 mi (32 km). Lourdes Station is only a 1-minute walk.