The Caves of Maxange
The Caves of Maxange, in the valley of the Dordogne are surprising in more than one title.
Because of their history already, which is not banal. In 1984, Angel Caballero decided to take over the family business, a stone quarry opened by his father Maximilian in 1960 in the commune of the Bush of Cadouin. 16 years later, in 2000, Angel sees a strange rift in the cliff. He does not know yet but this flaw will change his life and that of his family.
After a few weeks of hesitation, he decides to infiltrate this mysterious hole. After only a few meters of difficult progression, a breathtaking gallery is offered to his eyes. It's August 15, 2000.
On the other hand also because of their exceptional diversity in concretions.
Stalactites, stalagmites, numerous panels of Aragon covering whole walls, fistulas of extreme finesse are at the rendezvous.
But what leaps to the eyes is this unique profusion of rare, so-called "eccentric" crystallizations, which literally defy the laws of gravity. Usually observed in small quantities, they are seen here by the thousands on nearly 90 meters.
After a long reflection, Angel decides to do everything to make this place unique accessible to all. But turning a career into a home site to the public is not an easy task.
It will take almost two years to build the exteriors and make the interior accessible.
In 2009, a new gallery is open to visit but everything has still not been explored and we like to think that new discoveries are coming.
In 2013, the state decided to classify the caves of Maxange for their geological and picturesque character and the Michelin guide awarded them two stars.
Today, Maxange is a site that rejoices small and large and is recognized as being one of the most beautiful cave in Concretion de France.
Angel Caballero decided to name the cave Maxange In remembrance of his father who started the quarry, indeed, the contraction of Maximilian, his father's first name and his.
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Dates and Times
From 03 April to the end of the holiday of Toussaint
April – May – June – September:
From 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00
July – August:
From 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
October-End Holidays Toussaint:
From 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00