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Explore the prehistoric caves and grottos of the Côte d'Azur

Need to cool down? Head into the rocky countryside to see fascinating underground worlds shaped by water and erosion.

Le Grande Salle of the Grotte St Cézaire

The mountains just inland from the sparkling shores of the Riviera, hide some spectacular scenes of nature. Some caves you come across by chance while hiking, others are visited by guided tours but all these caves with massive rock formations, stalagtites and stalagmites offer a wonderfully natural way to escape the heat of summer.

We start with the biggest and the best, Domain de la Grotte de Saint-Cézaire:

Located in the Pays de Grasse, nearly 40 metres underground, the Saint Cézaire cave (discovered by Léon DOZOL on 11 June 1890) is open to the public from 1 February to 11 November. An ideal family outing with many activities for children. Discover the cave with a guided tour, a tree climbing adventure, sensory discovery, an orienteering race, a souvenir shop, a restaurant with a children's menu, a foodtruck, and electric mountain bike hire.

An unforgettable day out, only 20 minutes from Grasse, in a 6-hectare wooded park. Fill up on activities for the children as a family! Free parking for 150 cars.

What we like: It’s one of the most beautiful underground treasures on the French Riviera!

La Grotte de Saint Cézaire 1481 Route des Grottes, 06530 Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne Tel : +33 04 93 60 22 35

Check out the other caves and grottos:

A view of the Grotte de St. Cézaire

Grotte de Baume Obscure

Saint Vallier-de-Thiey (Alpes-Maritimes)

"Le Souterroscope" is the name of the multi-sensory exploration tour (also in German!) along 700 metres of underground pathways at a depth of 70 metres. Duration: approx. 1 hour.

Via Souterrata, Parc de la Moulière

Caille (Alpes-Maritimes)

Speleology and Via Ferrata experiences in one in full high-altitude exploration gear (to be hired) at depths of up to 45 metres. Parking at the La Moulière ski lift.

Grotte de la Sainte-Baume

Nans-le-Pins (Var)

The grotto is said to have been inhabited by Mary Magdalene and is visited as a place of pilgrimage. Can be reached by foot in 45 minutes.

This article is from our 2021 Summer Guide. To download a free copy, click here.

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