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Visiting caves in the Ariege Region, near Foix

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We have a week based near Foix in May. I am beginning to read up about things to do and see while we are there, and was amazed to find how many prehistoric caves there are in the area which are open to the public. I'm finding it difficult to decide which to see....

It is the cave paintings which are the attraction rather than stalagmites and stalactites.

I understand that Grottes de Niaux is the best for paintings. The web site says it is still the original surface which can be wet, uneven and slippery. Someone else made a comment that there were low and narrow bits. (Humm, husband is 6'4" tall with 44" chest and dislikes caves which are very narrow or he has to bend double for long distances...) I then found another review which said you have to clamber over boulders and jump streams.... I use a walking stick and days of doing this are long gone.

Has anyone been and what is it like underground for walking? I'm beginning to wonder whether we ought to give this one miss.

The other three caves (Grotte de la Vache, Grottes de Bédeilhac and Grottes de Lombrives) don't sound as interesting from what I can find on the web and don't seem to have as many paintings. Again has anyone visited and can they give me a run down on them and if they would be a reasonable alternative?

After Foix, we move north into the Dordogne stopping near Sarlet-la-Canada which is about an hours drive from Peche-Merle. I think conditions underground here may be easier than at Niaux. Can anyone give any advice on this? I was wondering if it would be prudent to miss Niaux and just visit Peche-Merle.....

I've discounted Lascaux II. Are there any others in the area which I ought to consider?

Decisions, decisions.... Any help or advice woud be appreciated.

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