Welcome at Caves of La Balme !


Dare indoor adventure...

Suspense, mystery, sensations
and discovery of bats
are waiting for you during
this great indoor activity
made for the whole family! 

Visited since 1807, Caves of La Balme are located in Isère (France), at 40 minutes from Lyon, in the small village of La Balme-les-Grottes

Labyrinths, underground lake, amphitheater of rimstone dams (or gours), stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, draperies...: The Caves of La Balme are a magic and mysterious place where emotions and sensations are growing up over the visit !

Les Grottes de La Balme Lac souterrainUnderground lake (Credits : Caves of La Balme)

Take some time to discover the underground world’s beauties and mysteries at your own pace !
You will walk 1 kilometer of subterranean networks during about 75 minutes self-guided tour.
* Guided tours for general public are available on conditions. Guided tours for groups (+10 people) are available all year long (except January) only on reservation.

Les Grottes de La Balme Labyrinthe de Mandrin 2Labyrinth of Francis 1st (Credits : Caves of La Balme)

From 12° to 15°C all year long ! 

Come and visit Caves of La Balme all year long thanks to a stable indoor temperature. During winter time and summer time, take advantage of the natural air-conditioning of the site !

Les Grottes de La Balme Grande coupoleThe Great Dome (Credits : Caves of La Balme)

An exceptional Fauna and Flora ! 

Come and learn more about these strange animals called bats.
23 species* are staying at Caves of La Balme on a temporary or full time basis since 30 years.
The Caves of La Balme are known as the place welcoming the greatest number of bat species in Rhône-Alpes - France.
Maybe will you get the chance to watch some of them during your next visit...

Les Grottes de La Balme MiniopteresBunch of Miniopterus (Credits : Caves of La Balme)

Learn also more about other species of animals: cave invertebrates (amphipoda called Niphargus...) and cave birds as Western Jackdaw, Swift, Crag Martin, Tawny Owl, Eurasian Eagle-Owl...

Finally, take advantage of your visit to discover the Preserved Natural Area called “Les Coteaux de Saint-Roch”.
Caves of La Balme are part of this natural zone. It is easily accessible for children.
Learn more here !

Caves of La Balme, c’est en Isère, at 40 minutes from Lyon and at 50 minutes from Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère), Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône) and Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain) !

* DataNaturalia 2018

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