Opening dates: 03/04 - 01/11/2020

 

Padirac

 
Gouffre de Padirac

The first chasm in France (10 minutes from Camping PADIMADOUR****)


Located on the edge of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park, Padirac is a village marked by the past as evidenced by its castle, the Saint-Julien church and the Romanesque chapel of the 11th century, the Roman road and the many dolmens nearby.

Padirac is nowadays one of the world's leading tourist centers thanks to its chasm, explored in 1889 by the speleologist Edouard-Alfred Martel, but known for much longer by its inhabitants who sometimes found refuge there. This was particularly the case during the Hundred Years War and during the Wars of Religion.

Today the chasm of Padirac is considered one of the greatest geological curiosities of France. It has a monumental entrance of 35m diameter at the bottom of which, at 103m deep, flows an underground river. Each year thousands of visitors come to admire, in boat and then on foot, majestic galleries and monumental concretions.

What to do in Padirac?

 

Le Gouffre de Padirac (The Chasm of Padirac)


World famous, the Gouffre de Padirac is the first chasm in France and one of the most fascinating to explore in Europe. The hole is 35 meters in diameter and at the bottom, 103 meters underground, runs the Padirac River which flows in a network of 40kms galleries, knowing that only 2kms of galleries are open to the public. The visit is by boat on the underground river and then on foot. The route goes through immense halls and breathtaking beauty through the successive discovery of the Great Pendeloque, stalagmite more than 60 meters high suspended over the Rain Lake, the Gours Lake, natural dam succession and the Great Hall Dome, 94 meters under ceiling. The visit of the Chasm of Padirac is essential during your stay in the Lot.

In high season, the chasm of Padirac is a victim of its success! An online booking on the Gouffre de Padirac site is strongly recommended to avoid an endless queue.

For more information: www.gouffre-de-padirac.com

 
 
 

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