The Thouzon caves
The Thouzon caves are only 20 km or so east of Avignon. Located approx. 50 metres underground. You can find out more directly from their website here.
Cool Cave Man
The Thouzon caves stay at a cool 13 degrees celsius. So, this represents an ideal escape from the heat during the height of summer in Provence.
In a world beneath our own. Here you can find a totally unique travel experience. Whisking you away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Avignon. And, with more than 70 caves across the country, 24 of which are within a 200 Km radius or so of Avignon, France is the leading country in Europe for tourism underground.
A local wonder
These caves are a small unique natural wonder in Provence. In the middle of the village of Thouzon, the caves are not to be missed. If you are heading to the charming village of L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue they are only 7 Km away. Worthy of a visit while you are in the area.
History of the Caves
Discovered in 1902 during the exploitation of a quarry. The Thouzon caves are a fairy show of the work of an underground river. The entrance, at the foot of the Thouzon hill, will bring you in the first of the 2 rooms that form these 230 meters long caves.
A 45 minutes guided walk, in the fossilised bed of the ancient river that creates this beauty, is available. Offering you the opportunity to admire many small wonders of 60 million years of crystallisation.
Thousands of very fine fibular hollow stalactites called “macaroni” hang from the roof. They can be up to two metres long and less than three millimetres thick, decorating the caves like needles. Flint stones apparent in large numbers, a beautiful limestone pearl, and unique in France, a baby bat fossil that was trapped in the limestone during the collapse of part of the vault.
But wait until you arrive into the second room … Completely pitch black you will discover its beauty like the first explorers did. A torch light will slowly reveal pieces of its treasures until suddenly the room is fully illuminated to reveal the entirety of its magnificence.
Comfortable flat shoes and a light sweater are advised, as it is cooler even in high summer.
There are limited tours in English on request, but leaflets in six languages, including English, are available at the reception desk.
On site facilities include: a large free shaded car park, free rest rooms and a family friendly picnic area that you can use to enjoy some extra down time at the end of the visit.
With the purchase of a full price ticket, you will receive the leaflet “Provence Escapades”. Eight tour propositions and twenty experiences selected for you to enjoy Provence’s unexpected treasures. Distinctive landscapes, spectacular countryside and heritage, cristalin Sorge River and Luberon Mountain. All with a privilege advantage upon presentation of your ticket!! Let the adventures begin..
The caves are closed between early November and February.
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