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“Amazing caves, poor facilities”

Grottes de Betharram
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

The caves here are impressive, and they go on forever. The underground boat and train add to the experience. The guide was very personable, but the tour wasn't especially enlightening.

Before you reach the caves you should expect the customary appalling French toilets and to queue two or three times for no good reason: the process isn't exactly Disney.

After the tour you'll find a gift shop in a beautiful glasshouse.

Unfortunately, the only food they serve is revolting microwaved rubber. France's tourist attractions seem determined to destroy any remaining reputation for culinary excellence: you never find food this bad in Britain now unless you go looking for it.

Blessed with amazing natural resources this should be more than it is. Still worth a visit, but for goodness sake come either side of lunchtime or bring a picnic.

1  Thank SlowHeart
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

What a great family day out. Initially the caves appeared like any other good, but slightly boring collection of stalactites and stalagmites. Then we descended 28 steps into the deep caverns- and thought it was really special. The path is flat and concrete- but older or infirm would find it hard work. The path twisted and turned through narrow chasms, taking in a slightly shorter than ideal boat trip, then a fantastic indiana jones style train ride to the exit. We were underground for bout 1.5 hours and were not bored. Just take your kids to the loo before going in!!! At 13.50e for adults and 8e for kids above 4, it was good value

Thank SurreyLils
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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

This attraction is a nightmare. The website isn't in English. Upon arriving at the complex its ran by teenagers that don't speak English. You will wait in line to get on a bus. You will wait in a building at the mouth of the cave longer than the 1 hour tour. Inadequate planning and execution by whomever is running this farce. These folks need to go to a Disneyland and see how lines and crowds are supposed to be managed. Stay away or waste an entire day trying to get into a cave.

2  Thank Hedibear
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

These caves in Betharam are absolutely stunning and the entire day was well worth the trip. The visit commences by bus from the car park and then you are directly into the caves which are truly breathtaking in their size and magnificance . The guide was good , made lots ofefforts for the english speakers and their was english taped commentary too . at the end you leave by boat first and then train - our grandaughter who is seven thought the whole thing fantastic . And all for the price of 13 euros for adults and eight for children . We had a bite to eat in the cafe - and it was fine and the service was friendly and welcoming . An absolute must for anyone in the area on holiday .

Thank Darling10
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

A pleasant way to spend a rainy day. Instead of climbing mountains we went down inside of them. They were huge. We crossed a small lake on a boat and then had to catch a little train to get out as we were in quite deep.

Thank lesnoless
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