Grotte de la Madelaine

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The cave entrance below a steep limestone cliff.
Location: A7, exit Montélimar or Bollène, up the Ardèche valley. Located at the road D217, between Vallon Pont d'Arc and Orgnac.
Open: APR-OCT daily 10-18.
Fee: Adults EUR 7, Children (6-14) EUR 4.50, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 5.50, Children (6-14) EUR 2.50.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=500 m.
Address: Grotte de la Madeleine, F-07700 Saint-Remèze. Tel: +33-475042220, Fax: +33-475043506
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1887 discovered.


Grotte de la Madelaine is the only show cave, located directly at the Ardèche gorge. The cave has a parking lot on top of the plateau, at the Ardèche road. From here a path leads down to the edge of the gorge, and then along the cliff to the entrance of the cave. From this path, the visitor has a very nice view on the Ardèche river, 200 meters below. This is the deepest and most impressive part of the gorge. Even if you do not want to visit the cave, the belvedere in front of the cave is accessible without restrictions and for free, and considered the most beautiful of the gorge. Many people are canoeing down the Ardèche and visit the cave by walking up to the cave entrance.

The cave of the Madeleine is actually made up of two caves: the Lescure Cave and the Madeleine Cave.

Grotte de la Madelaine Gallery