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The caves of La Balme
Local name: Les Grottes de La Balme
The Balme Caves are a group of seven connected caves located on the steep edge of the Isle-Crémieu plateau. They have been known and inhabited since prehistoric times. Today, you can admire not only a beautiful stalactite garment, but also a Roman tombstone or the image of King Francis I carved in the rock.
Caves were formed in limestone rocks due to water. It caused the formation of stalactites, stalagmites, columns and rock draperies here. Underground, you can also see a group of cascading pools with crystal clear water and watch bats living in the wild.
The caves served as a shelter for people in prehistoric times. The Romans and Gauls were burying the dead here. Later they served as a place of escape during raids and a smuggler's hideout. Tourists have been coming here since the beginning of the 19th century. A protected tourist route has been prepared inside the caves.