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
Between Mont Aigoual, Gorges du Tarn and Millau Viaduct, discover the largest cave in the Causses and Cévennes: his unique drapery (2000m2), its very accentuated natural colors. On 1 km route in a magical world, the Dargilan cave, a *** 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 protecting it even more, to reveal this cavity with a thousand colors, its hitherto unsuspected details and its grandiose volumes. "Go see Dargilan, even if you know the prettiest caves in Europe" wrote the founder of the French caving E.A.Martel. "The theater I dreamed of" Jean Cocteau
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