Few people know it, but the subsoil of the Haut Languedoc is home to many caves and cavities.
Carved out of limestone over 500 million years old, they are among the most beautiful in the world, both in terms of their originality and the exceptional concentration of concretions (stalactites, stalagmites and other eccentrics which can even be coloured).
The Glass Spinner Cave in Courniou and its draperies, the Lauzinas cave, listed for fifteen years or so, with its fossilised clay mushrooms, the Asperge cave with its white and blue aragonites, the Artenac cave with its prehistoric fossils, or the Macoumé and its Sixtine Chapel, a cavity entirely covered with brilliant white aragonite, illustrate these geological wonders...
Over the millennia, they have served as dwellings for the first men (Camprafaud cave), as burial places, as hiding places (maquisards...) or have been exploited for guano, a natural fertiliser (Julio cave). They are also home to a fragile and often unloved cave fauna: the bats.
Over the last 20 years, nearly 100km (62miles) of galleries have been discovered by the speleoclubs of western Hérault.
Vous pouvez vous aussi les découvrir au Centre Cebenna à Olargues lors d'un diaporama en 3D et
pour les plus téméraires et ceux qui veulent s'initier et organiser une sortie, contactez directement nos partenaires professionnels de la spéléo.
You can also discover them at the Cebenna Centre in Olargues during a 3D slide show and for the more adventurous and those who want to learn and organise an outing, contact our professional potholing partners directly.
Diaporama - Crédits photos : Jacky Fauré, spéléoclub