The caves of the Hérault
When we talk about the natural heritage of the Hérault, we obviously think of the seaside resorts of the Languedoc coast such as Cap d’Agde and Palavas-les-Flots, the Thau lagoon, the Hérault gorges, the cirque de Mourèze, the garrigues, the Haut Languedoc regional natural park, the Salagou valley and the Navacelles cirque. Did you know that 34 is also home to magnificent caves, two of which are among the most beautiful in France? Overview of 4 caves that you must absolutely visit during your stay in Herault camping in the south of France.
Cave of the Demoiselles, Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois
Located near the Thaurac massif, this natural cavity sometimes nicknamed “Grotte aux Fées” impresses with its size. Its access is facilitated by the installation of the largest funicular in Europe. Once in the Grotte des Demoiselles, you will be amazed by the work of time at the sight of the enormous concretions. A sensational lighting allows to appreciate the stalactites, the stalagmites and the imposing columns.
Clamouse cave, Saint-Jean-de-Fos
Very close to the Devil’s Bridge and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a medieval city which is one of the most beautiful villages in France, the Clamouse cave is made up of very beautiful galleries including the famous White Couloir, which contains superb crystals of aragonite. The “cathedral of time” fascinates by the diversity and beauty of its concretions (in particular the organ case and the medusa), but also by its geographical location. During the same day you can visit the cave and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, go rafting in the Hérault gorges and go hiking in the Séranne.
Labeil cave, Lauroux
Less known than the Demoiselles and Clamouse caves, the Labeil cave welcomes you in a beautiful natural setting, on the terraces of Larzac, north of the regional park. Remember during your visit that the natural entrance once served as a Roquefort cellar. This cavity has the particularity of sheltering an underground river whose origin remains an enigma. Between the crystals and basalts of the Escandorgue, you will take a geological journey through a site that was already occupied by humans over 6,000 years ago.
Cave of Devèze, Courniou
Welcome to the valley of the Salesse, in the heart of the regional park, in a site known for its dolomitic limestone banks which can boast of having the first museum of caving. The Devèze cave, better known under the intriguing name of “Palace of the Glass Spinner”, is nicknamed because of the details of the natural sculptures made by water for millennia. You will see jagged draperies, aragonite flowers and other very beautiful concretions. The cave is made up of 7 rooms distributed over two levels.