Located in the Lot department in Southwest France, Gouffre de Padirac is one of France’s most amazing and most unique natural wonders. It’s also one of the most

Essentially, it’s an chasm that runs down to 103 metres (338 ft) deep at which point you can find an underground river.

Gouffre de Padirac is one of those popular tourist attractions that makes you wonder why you hadn’t heard about it sooner. It’s been a major tourist attraction in France since 1898! Fancy that.

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You navigate the caves initially by foot and then by boat once you get down to the bottom. The official website is available here – www.gouffre-de-padirac.com and they’ve got more details on entry times and tickets and the essential stuff you need to know. (The FAQs are available here).

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly into Brive or Bergerac airports and drive from there. Brive is the closer airport of the two and is a 48 minute drive from there. Bergerac airport still involves a train journey (just over an hour) to Sarlat and then a 57 minute car/bus ride.

Alternatively, if you’re already planning to be in the Lot department or in the Midi-Pyrénées area, then a quick drive up here is highly recommended.

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WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SEE THERE?

There’s also the beautiful little village of Rocamadour. This is one where even the photos will give you a clear idea why you need to visit it.

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So… have you ever heard of Gouffre de Padirac? Whaddya think? Would you wanna explore ‘the French underground world’ via the Gouffre de Padirac? 🙂


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  • Olga Rabo

    Never heard of it but looks fantastic! But let’s be honest here – everything in the South of France looks fantastic 😀
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  • I must say I never have! I’m surprised to see that those gorgeous caves (I LOVE lagoons in caves. I’m borderline obsessed with bodies of water that are underground or sheltered – its a recurring theme in my dreams!) are in South of France, I’d expect something like that in Mexico! Good to know that that beautiful underwater river is a very short flight away from London…Gouffre de P, here I come! x

    *frantically pins all photos to Pinterest board*

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Same! Okay so that is it… A big blogger trip is needed now where we can all go together! 🙂

  • I’ve been there this September but I’ve never heard about this place before. Very beautiful caves and English speaking guides are really nice.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      That’s so great o hear Slávek – it’s such a stunning place! 🙂