La Cocalière cave is open every day, from 15 March to the Autumn half-term holidays.
From 15 March to 30 June : 10 am – 12 am/2 pm – 5 pm
From 1 July to 31 August : 10 am – 6 pm
From 1 September until half-term : 10 am – 12 am/2 pm – 5 pm
04° 09’ 52’’ E - 44° 18’ 30’’ N
* Constant temperature inside the cave (Celsius).
La grotte de la Cocalière est ouverte tous les jours, du 15 mars aux vacances de la Toussaint.
Grotte de la Cocalière
Du 15 mars au 30 juin : 10h-12h / 14h-17h
Du 1 juillet au 31 août : 10h-18h
Du 1 septembre à la Toussaint : 10h-12h /14h-17h
No, there are twenty or so steps to climb and then at the cave exit, a little train will be waiting to bring you back here.
There are 252 steps which are easy to walk down. Once you’re down in the cave, the path is easy to walk along. So there’s no problem, but it’s up to the person involved.
Visitors have brought week-old babies along, but you need to bear in mind that the temperature is 14° and make sure that children are properly covered up, whatever their age.
Yes, but you need to fold it when walking down the 252 steps. After that you’ll find it convenient to use your pushchair.
No, you take the little train from the cave exit back through the garrigue.
About 1 hour, including the trip back on the little train.
No, the groups have a limited number of people and go in one after the other.
No, comfortable shoes will be fine.
No, La Cocalière cave has been made suitable for the general public.
No, because going underground means discovering another “world”… A guide must be there to accompany you, explain things to you and show you things.
Men or women who are studying or have finished their studies but have knowledge of the underground environment. They are often speleologists and always have first aid qualifications. They all speak English as a minimum requirement.
No, but we provide a written translation of the guided tour for those who would like one (in English, German, Dutch and Spanish).
No concretions (stalactites etc.) - this geological heritage must be protected.
No, the underground river can only be accessed by cavers and this requires a small inflatable dinghy. It’s easy to walk around in the cave and the path runs alongside some gours (small lakes formed by the water).
You’ll be the judge of that, but it is one of France’s three greatest caves, thanks to its variety of concretions and its length… You’ll never be bored during the tour.
All the caves are worth seeing (in the region, Trabuc, Saint Marcel d’Ardèche, La Madeleine, etc.) and the same goes for the sinkholes (Orgnac, Arman, Marzal, etc.) for their particularities and special features. Water and time sculpt the rock like two artists who practise the same art, but never in the same way.
No, these tents were used by speleologists when the cave was first explored.
Only if they’re small dogs that can be carried in your arms or in a basket. They’re not allowed on the ground!
No, the smell would linger for too long...
No, photos are not allowed – this is partly to protect the balance of the underground environment, but also to ensure the manageability and comfort of the group during the tour, which is limited to one hour.
Because we thought of the children!!! They might feel that anything over an hour is too long to be following a guide and might be put off.
No… There have been bicycle races where the course has gone through the cave (in fact it’s the only cave in France that bicycles can go through). The last race was won by Miguel Martinez, Olympic Champion.
Certainly not… The smallest crumb could disrupt the balance of the cave environment!
Yes, these creatures only live in the underground environment – they’re blind, tiny, hard to see and harmless. Small crustaceans, such as the niphargus for example, live in bodies of water where they can sometimes be spotted.
This is a trail where you can see and discover unusual things. For example, here you can move through a landscape of curiously-shaped rocks in a setting which is full of Mediterranean plant life and not without historical interest.
There are no difficulties as the path is signposted. Ordinary shoes (trainers for example) will be enough.