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Niaux cave

Ariège (France)


Natural Environment:

The cave is located in a wider geological system that also includes the Caves of Sabart and Lombrives, in the hill of Cap de Lesse.

Regional Archaeological Context:

The site is part of a series of caves in the Tarascon river basin, all of which were decorated in the Magdalenian period.

Archaeological evidence at the site:

Although the cave dos not have a clearly-defined archaeological context, it contains rock art of the greatest importance. The area that can be visited is the “Black Room”, the chamber with most of the animal figures.

Short Description:


Above all, Niaux Cave contains paintings of bison, horses and ibex, drawn in black in great detail. Numerous geometric signs can also be seen, most of which are painted in red.

Age:

Middle Magdalenian (13,500 years ago).


Type of Site: Cave
Adress: 09400 Niaux
Telephone: + 33 05 61 05 10 10 / 05 61 05 88 37
Fax: + 33 05 61 05 19 19
Website: www.sesta.fr
E-mail: info@sesta.fr

State/Region: France
Province: Midi Pyrénées
Municipality: Ariège
Town: Niaux
Location: Haute Ariège - Vallée du Vicdessos


Opening Times:

  • Open every day, except December 25, January 1 and on Monday from November to March. Times vary depending on the season.
  • For more information, see: www.sesta.fr

Duration of guided visits:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes.

Maximum number of visitors per day:

  • 220.

Booking and access:

  • Visitors are recommended to book in advance by telephone.

Prices:

  • Adults: 9.40 €.
  • Children: 5.70 €.
  • Children under five years of age: free.

Visitors’ Centre:

The exhibition has information about the history of the cave and the Magdalenian period in Ariège.

Activities and Workshops:

Games for children. Workshops are available if booked in advance.


Nearby cultural destinations:

Parc de la préhistoire (7 km). 
Château de Foix (22 km). 
Grotte de la Vache (2 km).

Nearby natural destinations:

Bonascre Ski Resort (29 km).

Accommodation near the site:


Hostellerie de la Poste (Precios entre 42 y 60 euros) 
16 avenue Victor Pilhes
09400 TARASCON 
Tel: 05 61 05 60 41 
Fax: 05 61 05 70 59

Hôtel Confort (Precio entre 35 y 40 euros) 
3 quai Armand Sylvestre
09400 TARASCON 
Tel: 05 61 05 61 90
www.hotelconfort.fr

Domaine Fournié (Precios entre 42 y 50 euros) 
Route de Saurat
09400 TARASCON 
Tel: 05 61 05 54 52
Fax: 05 61 02 73 63
www.ariege.com/domaine-fournie

Hôtel Hivert (Precios entre 25 y 40 euros) 
2 route de Montréal de sos
09220 VICDESSOS 
Tel: 05 61 64 88 17
www.hotelhivert.com

Restaurants near the site:


Le Bouquetin 
Le Parc de la Prehistoire
09400 TARASCON SUR ARIÈGE
Tel: 05 61 05 10 10
www.sesta.fr

La petite auberge de Niaux 
09400 NIAUX
Tel: 05 61 05 79 79
Fax: 05 61 05 79 70

Le Bellevue 
7 place Jean Jaurès
09400 TARASCON
Tel: 05 61 05 52 06
Fax: 05 61 05 39 63

La Mandoline 
2 avenue Sabart
09400 TARASCON
Tel: 05 61 05 15 75


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