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This spot was first explored by Édouard-A. Martel in 1890. The nine expeditions which followed helped discover the 22 km long network of galleries and underground rivers situated underneath the Gramat causse. The tour of this natural excavation starts at 75 m under ground. According to a legend, it was discovered by the devil who dug his heels in the ground. The tour is organised in a logical way thanks to a system of lifts. The 300 m long Source Gallery provides access to the Plane River, a true underground Venice with clear waters. At the end of this course you will find the Big Teardrop of the Rain Lake, a giant stalactite, whose tip almost touches the surface of the Plane River. The walls of the chasm become very narrow at the Pas du Crocodile, it leads on to the Salle des Grands Gours. Here, you will find a series of small basins which are separated from each other by the limestone mounds. The end of the course centres around two elements which are: Lake Supérieur situated 20 m above the river and, the Salle du Grand Dôme, in all its greatness with its 91 m high ceiling. The chasm's small underground village was used by some inhabitants of the causse as a refuge during the Hundred Years War and the Religion wars.

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  • Address : D90 F - 46500 Padirac46500Padirac
  • Phone : 05 65 33 64 56

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    Dolu

    5/5

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    • Language: fra
    • Position : With friends

    Pros

    Atmosphère désuète en surface et magie en sous sol; le lac des Gours et les stalactites sont vraiment impressionnants, la traversée en barque participe aussi à faire de cette visite un endroit vraiment incroyable.

    Cons

    Bondé en été, n'hésitez pas à réserver vos places sur internet surtout si vous avez des enfants car l'attente dépasse facilement 01h00.

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    5/5

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    • Language: fra
    • Position : With family

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    Exceptionnel, mériterait 4 étoiles : LA visite à ne pas manquer dans la région.

    Cons

    Prévoir un blouson pour la pluie (!) et le froid.Eviter les heures de pointes (1/2h d'attente à l'entrée et à l'intérieur, pour embarquer)

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