|Location:||At Dargilan. South of Florac.|
APR to JUN daily 10-12, 14-17:30.
JUL to AUG daily 10-18:30.
SEP daily 10-12, 14-17:30.
OCT daily 10-12, 14-16:30.
Departure of the last visit: at closing time.
Adults EUR 8, Children (12-18) EUR 5, Children (-12) EUR 4.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 6.50, Children (12-18) EUR 4.50, Children (-12) EUR 3.50, Seniors EUR 4.50.
|Light:||Incandescent Electric Light System|
|Guided tours:||L=1,200 m, D=45 min..|
|Bibliography:||E. A. Martell (1888): Les Cévennes et la région des causses|
|Address:||Grotte de Dargilan, La Grotte Rose, F-48150 Meyrueis, Lozère. Tel: +33-466456020, Fax: +33-466456020. E-mail:|
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|1880||discovered by Sahuquet, a young shepherd.|
|1880||visited by E. A. Martel.|
|1888||explored by E. A. Martell.|
|1890||first development of the cave.|
|1891||Mr Schitz and Consorts bought the cave to organize regular tours.|
|1910||electric light installed.|
|1982||cave completely renovated by Ephrem Passet.|
The Grotte de Dargilan was discovered by a young shepherd, who watched a fox vanishing in a crack. He tried to catch the fox and opened the crack, until it was wide enough for him. He entered a cave, but was so feared by the phantoms (stalagmites obviously) and the echo that he immediately turned around. Martell who was on holidays in this area took a look at the cave, as many others did. Soon there were many people visiting the cave and it was developed as a show cave.
The cave shows extraordinary speleothems. It is also called La Grotte Rose (The Pink Cave) as many of the speleothems show pink colours. Other brochures tell about seven coloured speleothems. All in all this kind of testimony sounds a bit strange. However, the cave is well worth a visit for its extraordinary beautiful speleothems. E.A. Martel once said of the cave"Allez donc voir Dargilan, mem si vous connaisses les plus jolies caverns d'Europe" (You must see Dargilan even if you've seen the nicest cave in Europe).
The cave is entered through the natural entrance. The entrance passage leads to a huge chamber, which is said to be one of the largest underground chambers in France. 140 m long and 50 m wide it has a height of up to 25 m. A trail around this huge chamber is the first part of the tour, the second part is a river passage. This passage has even more and more extraordinary speleothems than the first part. A flowstone waterfall covering an area of 2,000 m² is said to be the biggest one on earth, one of several we think. Finally the cave is left through a side passage on a cliff. The view over the Gorges de la Jonte is spectacular.