• The prehistoric caves of Sare, "Lezea", have not changed in 2 million years! Once you pass the porch entrance, among the biggest of Aquitaine, you are immediately immersed in huge rooms of breathtaking dimensions, a privileged place where you can take some time…and forget time!

    The Prehistoric Caves of Sare
  • The prehistoric caves of Sare, "Lezea", have not changed in 2 million years! Once you pass the porch entrance, among the biggest of Aquitaine, you are immediately immersed in huge rooms of breathtaking dimensions, a privileged place where you can take some time…and forget time!

    The Prehistoric Caves of Sare
  • The prehistoric caves of Sare, "Lezea", have not changed in 2 million years! Once you pass the porch entrance, among the biggest of Aquitaine, you are immediately immersed in huge rooms of breathtaking dimensions, a privileged place where you can take some time…and forget time!

    The Prehistoric Caves of Sare
  • The prehistoric caves of Sare, "Lezea", have not changed in 2 million years! Once you pass the porch entrance, among the biggest of Aquitaine, you are immediately immersed in huge rooms of breathtaking dimensions, a privileged place where you can take some time…and forget time!

    The Prehistoric Caves of Sare
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Beyond the geological magnitudes, the 900 meters of underground galleries of the Prehistoric Caves of Sare are orchestrated by a sound and light tour and invite to discover the origins and mythology of the Basque people.

In the depths of the earth you will hear the echo of an adventure that has lasted for millennia. The first modern men settled here 30 000 years ago, but the caves were also a home for cave bears, that you will doubtlessly cross when you wander in the galleries.

Geology is omnipresent, through concretions, wells, rimstones and an underground river, and history and mythology sound like an echo on the walls of the cave. One can imagine the Empress Eugenia of Montijo and Napoleon III wander in the large galleries, richly accompanied. And be surprised by the whispers of lamiaks, little siren-like creatures, geniuses of sources, hidden behind the rocks, or by the murmur of water eroding rocks.

But the Caves of Sare, is also a site dedicated to the memory of Jose-Miguel de Barandiaran. This priest, an ethnologist and researcher, was one of the greatest anthropologists of the 20th century. He devoted his entire life to the memory of the Basque people, and to the Prehistoric Caves of Sare he was particularly fond of.

By the way, remember to look up during your visit. You will discover the bats of the Prehistoric Caves of Sare, they are discreetly entangled to the walls and oversee every visitor...

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