Classified site in terms of heritage wealth, the Dargilan cave is recognized for its natural charm, which is why it is also called “the pink cave”. Located not far from Meyrueis, it enhances the Grands Causses highlands’ heritage, already featuring exceptional and breathtaking landscapes.
Dargilan was discovered by chance in the fall of 1880 by Sahuquet, a shepherd chasing a fox. It was only 8 years later that Edouard-Alfred Martel began a full exploration of the site. Then in 1890, it was opened to the public following construction and security works. The Dargilan Cave is the largest cave in the Causses and Cévennes area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The visit to the Dargilan cave is a success to any public of all ages who can admire the many varieties of concretions, in addition to the famous stalagmites and stalactites. Indeed, this cave is known to harbor a very varied composition, and the intertwined concretions and rocks that follow the many landslides and collapses that have occurred over the centuries have allowed professional speleologists to discover many rooms subsequently listed. It's a world in perpetual change: the water that drips and sculpts the breathtaking scenery of the cave continues its slow work. Therefore, the concretions are witnesses of thousands of years of evolution which continues even today.
In 2017, new lighting was installed which accentuates the visibility of the natural features and the rocks’ aspects. The visit is carried out accompanied by a guide who will tell you the cave’s and the rocks’ history and its functioning. Follow him in the bowels of the earth, and discover a breathtaking world.
CAVES AND CAVERNS
Discover the largest cave in the Causses and Cevennes: its drapery unique in the world (2000m2), its very accentuated natural colours. On 1 km of trail in a magical world, the cave of Dargilan, classified site *** seduces by the diversity of its concretions and its natural colors (pink cave) and leaves an unforgettable memory. . New dynamic LED lighting has made it possible, while providing even greater protection, to reveal this cavity with a thousand colours, its hitherto unsuspected details and its grandiose volumes. After an hour underground, an exit on the cliff offers a spectacular panorama of the Gorges de la Jonte (Belvédère de Gayrand). "Go see Dargilan, even if you know the most beautiful caves in Europe" E. A Martel
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