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Grottes de Gargas, Aventignan

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The Caves of Gargas (French: Grottes de Gargas, French pronunciation: ​[ɡʁɔt də ɡaʁɡas]) in the Pyrenees region of France are known for their cave art from the Upper Paleolithic period - about 27,000 years old.

The caves are open to the public.
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  • Great tour. Guillaume is a super guide who speaks perfect English. The walk from the car park to the entrance of the cave is a must. 
    Great tour. Guillaume is a super guide who speaks perfect English. The walk from the car park to the entrance of the cave is a must.  more »
  • cool attraction not worth going if you dont speak french- no headphones just a piece of paper; the tour guide didnt really create an atmosphere that welcomed questions was an interesting site... 
    cool attraction not worth going if you dont speak french- no headphones just a piece of paper; the tour guide didnt really create an atmosphere that welcomed questions was an interesting site...  more »
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  • Significant cave housing prehistoric art from at least 2 eras, some 27,000 years ago and 14,000 years ago. The caves contain over 150 handprints, done in a stencil style. The significance, number, colors, and strange configuration (fingers extend only to the first knuckle) remain a mystery to this day. The visit must be booked in advance, as only 250 people per day are allowed entry. Staff was very responsive by phone and email. There is a separate building, Nestplori@, with hands-on exhibits and a documentary that kept us busy for an additional hour. Keep in mind that there is no public transportation to the site although the road is well marked. Also, no photos allowed.
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