Grotte du Mas d'Azil
Grotte du Mas d'Azil
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Temporarily Closed The Mas d'Azil cave, a true geological curiosity ! Its archaeological fame makes this one of the major sites of the Midi Pyrenees. The immensity of the cavities, the magical play of light and the very soul of the place are some of the aspects the Mas d'Azil cave you can explore. Enter into the depths of the earth in this cave packed with history. Continually inhabited and frequently used as a refuge during turbulent times in history, a visit to the Mas d'Azil cave will enthral and captivate children and adults alike.
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,405 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Grotte du Mad-d'Azil is a prehistoric cave located in Ariège Region, in the South of France. It is a very big cave, which is awesome, if you see it from the road (in fact, the road through the cave) or from the two sides, you can see a very big hole in the rock and a very nice river. The place is fantastic. I came here with my 8 years daughter and we decided to do the guided visit, in which only there are explanations in French and you can see some videos inside the cave and visit a very small museum, boring. Pitifully, it is not possible doing an excursion in the cave.
Summarising: the cave is incredible, but the guided visit is boring. Better only see views of the cave.
Written 24 April 2024
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Donnahambleton
Boussenac, France52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The caves are definitely open, despite the information provided in the summary at the top of this listing.

We hadn't been into the visitor centre and caves before, and at first we were very impressed with the reception staff and how helpful and friendly they were. However, it all went downhill from there.

In the entrance area, where you assemble to wait for your guided tour, there are a number of exhibits and panels explaining about the caves, but even though there is tons of empty space on these panels (in many cases more than half the panels are blank), the information is only in French. It feels like they are only interested in French visitors.

Guided tours in October are only available in French, and our guide spoke so fast, it was impossible for a non-native French speaker like me to understand, even though my French is very good. My English companions stood absolutely no chance of understanding the guide, and I didn't have time to translate the bits I understood as the guide didn't stop for breath. He "rabbitted on" forever in some places and even the French people were getting bored and restless, and then whisked us past other bits we would have liked to stop and look at.

Again, as you pass through the caves, there are information panels in numerous places, but only in French.

There are also screens in one cavern where three characters act out a little play, but all in French. Subtitles are obviously out of the question.

The ground is very uneven, and not very well lit, with a number of metal staircases, so I spent the entire time trying not to lose my footing and wasn't really able to look at the surroundings very much as we were marched relentlessly onwards. This attraction is certainly not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. At one point you walk down a short, steep, uneven ramp, and there's no handrail for you to steady yourself.

There is also a section where you have to bend almost double to pass through a low section of the caves. This goes on for several metres, and again, anyone with limited mobility, or even someone who was significantly pregnant (as was one of my companions) would have difficulty bending low enough to pass through it. I'm aware that they can't change that, but I think there should be a warning when you book.

This attraction could be improved by adding English and perhaps Spanish (at the very least) to the information panels throughout the caves, but even better would be personal guide devices where you could select your language, scan a QR code in specific places in the caves, and wander through at your own pace, listening to the commentary in your own language through headphones, and stopping where you like to look at the bits that interest you.

So to summarise, the caves were quite interesting, and I would have liked to understand more about them, but I wouldn't come again.
Written 30 October 2023
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Hello and thank you for your feedback. It is clearly stated on our website and at the time of booking that the cave is not accessible to people with reduced mobility. Due to safety and conservation reasons, it is not possible to allow groups to explore the cave independently. We take note of your feedback regarding the signs and your visiting experience. Best regards.
Written 14 November 2023
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Marieinparis_11
Paris, France23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A magical place with a very good guide that made these prehistoric dwellings come alive for us. Everyone adored the visit, even the three year old in our group!
Written 6 April 2023
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annonymus800
London, UK1,167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
For a tour in English, you must visit in July and August, otherwise, it is only in French. The visit is about touring the cave system, but there is not much to see. The guide has a replica of the ornate thruster named "fawn with birds", considered one of the chiefs work of Paleolithic art. The museum nearby and included in the ticket is definitely a must-visit. Check the museum opening times before going. Recommended.
Written 24 June 2022
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surferbrendan
Fremantle, Australia73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
The cave is huge! We decided to take the 1 hour tour and as much as the info provided was interesting the cave itself within the tour was a let down,the real beauty of the cave can be seen from the entrance and walking through the cave without paying a cent.
Highly recommend visiting the cave but don't waste your time doing the tour.
The little cafe outside the cave does wonderful food.
Written 14 June 2022
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C L
Asturias24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
The guide spoke too fast and with no allowance for the foreign visitors (most of the group). In general a boring and frustrating experience due to lack of a professional approach. Coloured lights were bad taste and unnecessary. Disappointing after excellent visit to Labouiche.
Written 7 August 2021
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Kathy M
Sarasota, FL11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
*Not sure why this, and other, websites indicate that the site is closed.
We showed up and were able to get last-minute tickets.

AMAZING drive (about 3-4 minutes) through the cave. Stop at park (free parking) by the river that runs through the Grotte/cave, have lunch at small cafe. Plenty of grass for kids to run. Small rocky beach area for wading.

Cave has plenty of cave interest. However, NO prehistoric cave art/petroglyphs/pictographs.

LOTS of steps and some very small/tight/narrow walking areas. Not recommended if you have physical limitations or are claustrophobic.

Tour is about 45 min.
Written 1 August 2021
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HeyJo44
Greater London, UK139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Grotto is amazing and well worth a visit but the tour is only in French, there is no English tour available, so you do not know much about the cave. You need sensible shoes, as there are lots of steps. Friendly staff and good value. Great cafe nearby too.
Written 14 August 2020
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KandGsTrips
Nottingham9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Driving from the village of Le Mas d'Azul, Google maps sent us on a side track up the hillside above the cave ... we had to do a U turn, and met another family with the same problem too. But once we came back down to the main road, we drove through, and out the other side of this spectacular looking cave - one of many grottes in this beautiful Ariege region. There's a free car park nearby just opposite the green area overlooking the cave opening and a small river where young kids enjoyed playing on the small pebbly 'beach' area. We had a pleasant afternoon stop off break, relaxing on the grassy picnic area, admiring the amazing scenery around us! Walking back through the inside of the cave a a little milling around inside the grotte's souvenir shop was worth it too, despite not being able to go inside further to visit the cave. We didn't realise that you can only visit the main part of the cave if you take pay to join one of the guided tours, and at the time of our arrival, we had missed the only English speaking guided tour available of the day. Shame! So check online beforehand to plan your arrival time if you want to visit the cave.
Written 20 September 2019
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Lizzhansell
Shoeburyness, UK168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Lovely day out. There's a great cafe sitting outside the opening that we sat in for an hour or so in the sun. The cavern itself is quite impressive, and there also some really interesting glass blowing shops on the otherwise which are well worth a visit.
Written 7 September 2019
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