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The Maxange Caves

The Maxange Caves figure high on the list of major tourist attractions in France and particularly in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The story of these fabulous caves is as unique as their concretions, and as worthy of being told! Their discovery only dates back to August 2000 when Angel Caballero came across the first concretions whilst directing works at a stone quarry. Realising their importance he decided to open the caves to visitors under the name “Maxange”, the association of two first names, that of Maximilien (his father) and Angel. The public was only able to visit this fabulous site for the first time several years later, from 20 April 2003 onwards. In 2013 the Maxange Caves were included in the official list of remarkable natural sites.

The limestone formations in the Maxange Caves

The Maxange Caves offer an extraordinary display and rarely seen diversity of concretions. Visitors are not only amazed at the beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites, but also the multitude of aragonite panels present on the walls. Adding to the incredible richness of the Maxange Caves is the abundance of excentric concretions covering several walls and ceilings with their strange parrot-shaped forms. Which explains why the parrot was chosen as the emblem for these fabulous caves.

Pillars, curtains, delicate fistula and fascinating triangles were discovered more recently, along with other geological features that further add to the wealth of the Maxange Caves. Today they continue to draw countless visitors, from the simply curious to the serious enthusiast. So why not you?

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A must-visit tourist spot

When staying at the Château de Fonrives campsite, a trip to the fairytale Maxange Caves is a magical experience you shouldn’t miss. Prepare to be awed, these caves are exceptional, unique, marvellous and totally surprising. A masterpiece crafted by nature, Maxange is one of the most beautiful cave systems with concretions in France.

Today considered a major tourist attraction, they are already listed as part of France’s  National Heritage. Add to all that the easy access, free car parking and the right to take photographs (without flash) and you’ll realise that this is one site certain to fascinate all the family.

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