Grottes de Maxange

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Location: Le Buisson de Cadouin. 1 km from Le Buisson de Cadouin, signposted from the town centre.
Open: FEB to MAR by appointment.
APR to JUN daily 10-12, 14-18.
JUL to AUG daily 9-19.
SEP daily 10-12, 14-18.
OCT daily 10-12, 14-17.
NOV to DEC by appointment.
Fee: Adults EUR 6.80, Children (4-12) EUR 4.30. Groups (20+): Adults EUR 5, Children (4-12) EUR 3.50. [2006]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: L=200 m.
Address: Grottes de Maxange, "Mestreguiral", 24480 Le Buisson de Cadouin, Tel: +33-553-234280, Fax: +33-553-234280. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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JUL-2000 cave discovered.
2001 development started.
20-APR-2003 opened to the public.


The Grottes de Maxange (Maxange Caves) are located in the former Mestreguiral quarry, where the Caballero family quarried for two generations. During the quarry works a narrow cavity was discovered and soon explored by Angel Caballero and some friends. Angel Caballero named the cave Maxange as a combination of Maximilien and Angel, the Christian name of his father, who had founded the quarry, and his own.

Continued quarry works would have destroyed the cave, so Angel Caballero decided to close the quarry and become show cave owner. He started with the development works and opened the cave only two years later in 2003.

The cave is a connection of two formerly not connected caves. The so called Grotte Inférieure (lower cavern) has no concretions at all. The second part, the Grotte Superieure (upper cavern), is full of the rare helictites, which are called excentriques in French. This crystal concretions are the true treasure of this cave and make it so exceptional.