To immerse yourself in this exotic setting, you have the possibility to camp or rent a chalet in Iraty, or drive to Sainte Engrace in 2 hours from the Basque coast.
The Kakuetta Gorge in Sainte-Engrâce
The Kakuetta Gorges are located in the small town of Sainte-Engrâce just at the entrance to the Pyrenees National Park. Throughout the two kilometres of these gorges, you will be in a kind of tropical microclimate with mosses on the rock and abundant ferns. To make the most of this exceptional setting, you can camp or book a chalet in Iraty. You will be nearby to visit the Kakuetta Gorges and the various natural sites all around. Indeed, you can also discover the cave of La Verna and the footbridge of Holzarte.
The Kakuetta Gorges site is a true jewel of the Basque Country's natural heritage. These gorges have perfectly protected fauna and flora and water depths ranging from 30 to 350 metres. They have been designed to facilitate access for all with marked footbridges and paths. To discover this site in complete safety, it is necessary to provide the appropriate equipment, starting with walking shoes. The relatively flat route of these gorges requires about 2 hours of walking back and forth. Once you arrive at the end of the route, you can admire the waterfall of about twenty meters and discover the Grotte du Lac.
As a general rule, this site is visited during the summer, when low water levels occur. You will have the opportunity to refresh yourself in the fresh water that flows through these gorges. Being an exceptional site, be aware that many tourists come to discover it in the summer period. To fully enjoy the landscapes and the calm of the setting, it is therefore preferable to avoid weekends to do the hiking tour.
The cave of La Verna
Once you have completed the hiking tour of the Kakuetta Gorge, we recommend that you continue on your way to discover the La Verna Cave. To visit this geological site, you will have to book in advance because the visits are necessarily accompanied by a guide. The discovery of this unique place takes about two hours and is not accessible to children under 5 years old, for safety reasons and very low temperatures (about 6° inside the cave).
Afternoon in Iraty
To make the most of your discovery of this part of the Basque Country, you can go through the Iraty valley and in particular the Iraty plateau which offers a superb setting with the stream just on the edge. In this part of the valley, you will be quiet and your children will be able to play safely. You can also visit the little Larrau to discover the local culture and enjoy the view of the Pyrenees.
Less well known, the hinterland of the Basque region has a very rich natural heritage. The Kakuetta Gorges are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural sites to visit in the region. Accessible to all, you will spend a unique moment in the heart of this exceptional natural setting. Do not hesitate to walk around and discover the cave of La Verna and the landscapes of Iraty. Remember to have the right equipment to enjoy a pleasant stay in this part of the Basque Country.