Regulus Caves Nature Reserves in Meschers-sur-Gironde

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 05:30 pm

Opens at 10:00 am

Useful information

Location : Sea side

Province : Arvert Peninsula and the Beauty Coast

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Groups
  • Pets welcome
  • Sea view
  • English
    • Located 12 km from Royan, the Regulus Caves, a municipal troglodyte site, are open to the public until November 13, 2023.

      Overlooking the Gironde estuary and dug into the limestone cliffs, the "holes" of Meschers welcome you in an exceptional setting. Originally natural, the caves of Meschers were enlarged by man to become a troglodyte habitat in the 19th century.

      The name of Régulus comes from a French ship which, under Napoleon, chased by the English was scuttled in front of Meschers. Themes covered during the visit: refuge site for Protestants during the Wars of Religion, geology, estuary, fishing, tourism in the 19th century, carrelet on pontoon, history of Regulus, legend of Cadet the wrecker and troglodyte habitat.

      PRACTICAL INFORMATION

      Opening dates:

      Until November 13, 2022, 7 days a week.
      from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in July and August).

      Prices:

      €8/adult (16 years and over), €5.50/child (6-15 years)
      For groups contact us.

      Entertainment:

      1. La Nocturne : meet the most famous troglodytes in the flesh! Every Tuesday evening July-August (on reservation)
      2. The Rallye de la Cagouille for groups of children aged 3-12 . Learn while having fun! (on reservation)
      3. The Minidik little shrimp treasure hunt ! For children aged 6-15 as a family. Many prizes to be won after drawing lots at the end of the year...
      4. The Nocturnal wanderings from 9 p.m. every Thursday evenings in July/August. Free stroll for a privileged moment at sunset. Ideal for families
      5. Participation in the European Heritage Days in September .


      Services:

      Touch tablets available to the deaf and hard of hearing
      Souvenir shop
      Cash, Checks, ANCV, CB.
      Dogs on leash

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Traveller Reviews Regulus Caves

4.3 sur 5 3562 reviews

  • Anders Granström

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Anders Granström on 26/06/2019

    Nice build ups so we could see how it looked like. Also very good descriptions of the history of the caves.

  • Sebastian

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Sebastian on 27/08/2022

    Very interesting place. The guided tour was Well organized. Unfortunately the tour was only in french. Therefore they had info cards for all the shown areas in several other languages, which where summarizing the main information, lacking of details.

  • Alex Lemoing

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Alex Lemoing on 25/09/2018

    Very beautiful and informative about the history of the region.

Traveller Reviews Regulus Caves

4.0 sur 5 606 reviews

  • "Interesting place"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Sheff6061 (Sheffield, United Kingdom) on 08/06/2019

    There are a few grottes along this stretch of coast. This one is a municipal. A reasonable 5 Euro entry. Dedicated car park a few metres along the road. There are guided tours I think but you can do...

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  • "Really Interesting and Good for a Change"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Stuey4314 (South Wales, United Kingdom) on 25/01/2019

    We visited this place for a number of reasons. It’s cheap for a family, it’s easy to find and there’s a surprising amount of history that can be learned. It can all be done in about an hour then...

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  • "A curious place to visit and very different."

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Marggie7 (Holzgerlingen, Germany) on 22/09/2018

    We could take nice pictures from the place, very original and interesting. It shows how the people were living then in the caves .

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Regulus Caves

Address

81 boulevard de la Falaise
17132 Meschers-sur-Gironde

Contacts

Phone : 05 46 02 55 36

GPS coordinates

45° 33'20.05"N, 0° 57'28.03"W

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