Camping near the verna caves


Stroll inland

Discover Grotte de La Verna via Col d’Iraty

In the heart of the limestone mountains of Haute-Soule and Barétous, between the Basque Country and Béarn, the Grotte de la Verna is an exceptional geological site, with extraordinary volumes at the heart of the Pierre Saint-Martin chasm.
The Verna cave is the world’s largest lit underground chamber, accessible to all. The extraordinary human adventure of underground exploration, the discovery of La Verna and the Pierre Saint Martin chasm, will be the main theme of your visit. Various types of tours (tourist and sporting) are offered, guided by speleologists. Visits can be booked online only. Access is by shuttle bus, on foot and, exceptionally, by private vehicle.
Bring warm clothes such as fleeces + jackets (ambient temperature 5° all year round) and closed shoes.


Visits by appointment all year round.
Reception open from January 02 to June 30 and from September 1 to December 31: 9am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 6:30pm.
July and August: 8am to 8pm.


Discovery 1h: adults €14 to €18, children aged 5 and over €10 to €11.
River exploration 1h30: adults €19 to €23, children aged 7 and over €15 to €16.
2-hour sports exploration: adults €24 to €28, children aged 10 and over €20 to €21.Payment methods

  • Payment cards
  • Bank and postal cheques
  • Vacation vouchers
  • Species
  • Bank transfer

Activity details

La Verna Discovery 1 hour; River exploration 1h30.
2h, 3h, 5h or full-day sports tours.

Access by foot or shuttle not included in tour duration.
Visiting conditions: Guided tour by appointment only
Tour languages: French, Spanish
Audioguide language(s): English, Spanish

Prepareyour trip

How to prepare your departure from the campsite for Les grottes de La Verna?

1. Make sure you’re properly equipped: it’s highly likely that you’ll make a stop on the way to or from the Col d’Iraty (mountain), so make sure you’re properly equipped for both the pass and the caves. So remember to bring walking shoes, water, a small sweater and a small garbage can for your garbage. if the weather’s fine, a cap and sun cream.

2. Know where to go and how to get back: before you set off on the trails of the Col d’Iraty, remember to plan your outward and return journeys.

3. Find out about the weather: depending on the forecast, take along a cap, sun cream, sweater, etc.