Welcome at Caves of La Balme !


Dare indoor adventure...

Rare and exceptional natural site, the Caves of La Balme offer an unexpected discovery in the heart of the underground world made for the whole family !

Visited since 1807, the 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 !

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 (information panels translated in English).

BETWEEN 12° to 15°C all year long ! 

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

An exceptional Fauna and Flora ! 

Come and learn more about these strange animals called bats.
23 species* have been staying at the Caves of La Balme on a temporary or full time basis since the 50's.
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...

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”.
The Caves of La Balme are part of this natural zone. It is easily accessible for children.
Learn more here !

The Caves of La Balme are in the North of 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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