Visite, taste and heal yourself as a troglodyte
Visite, taste and heal yourself as a troglodyte
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Choose your visite to the land of troglodytes:

Loire Wine Market - 1
This troglodytic site showcases the different Loire Valley appellations, through a series of 10 oenological steps. Selected wines (tasting and sales) combine quality and respect for the terroir.
9:30 - 19:00 from  April to Septembre, 10:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00 from October to Mars
7 chemin des caves - 49730 Montsereau  - Tel. 02 41 38 15 05

The Saut aux Loups : the temple du champignon - 2
From the cave and on to the plate! Set in the hillside facing the Loire, the Saut aux Loups combines a site to visit and a troglodyte restaurant.
Take a tour of the mushroom galleries which have been in production for over a century (1 hour). Then, in the restaurant, you can taste the famous “galipettes” (stuffed mushrooms) and other specialities based on mushrooms!
35,000 visitors a year.
Opening times: from 09/02 to 11/11
Museum: 10:00 - 18:00 (19:00 in July and August) 7€
Restaurant : every lunchtime ; evening from12/07 to 31/08 . Sur les ponts d’Avril, Mai, Juin (voir site internet).
Le Saut aux Loups, avenue de la Loire, 49730 Montsoreau
02 41 51 70 30 /

Boutique Métiers d’Art - 3
Opening times : From 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2020
Language spoken : English, French, Spanish
Rue Château Gaillard - 49730, URQUANT - France
Contact : 02 41 51 31 56 /

L’Hélianthe Restaurant Troglodytique - 4
Inspired by ancient recipes from the late 19th century, such as marinades or stews; the chef Arnaud MONTAIS uses, among others, heirloom vegetables such as Sweet Potato, Ginger, Beet, Hélianthe the Parsnip, the Jerusalem artichoke, the Vitelotte the Rutabaga, etc. Of course, the menu changes with the seasons. We also cook Loire fish such as catfish, the mule, the Bremen, the lamprey, or eel and Barbeau.
Opening hours : Monday - Thurday Closed ; Friday - Sunday 12:00 - 13:45 / 19:00 - 20:45
Ruelle Antoine Cristal - 49730 TURQUANT
Tel. 02 41 51 22 28

Bistroglo - 5
The Bistroglo in the heart of the artisan village of Turquant.
Opening times : Fom 30/03 to 30/09
Tel. 02 41 40 22 36

Le Troglo des Pommes Tapées - 6
This superb cellar, located in Turquant, was in the 19th century a high place of production of the famous "Pommes Tapées". This real industry had completely disappeared since 1920. You will discover a troglodytic habitat here.
Opening times : 15/02 - 01/11 For groupes: all year round on appointment
Tel. 02 41 51 48 30

Brézé : Le Monde Souterrain - 7
Classified as a historical monument and located 10 km from Saumur in France, the "Château de Brézé" welcomes you to its architectural wonders, and to its unique underground tunnels cut into the tufa.
Considered one of the most intriguing castles of the Loire, partly due to its underground fortress, discovering the castle's history will allow you to understand the bond some of the Kings of France had with it.
Built between the 11th and 19th centuries in the heart of a vineyard with an area of several dozen hectares, the castle of Brézé has belonged to the powerful and influent family of the Dreux-Brézé for centuries, before being taken over - by marriage - by the family of Colbert, descendant of the Minister of Louis XIV.
Opening hours : the château welcomes you 7 days at the Following hours : 10am to 5:30 pm without interrruption in February, March, October, November and December ; 10am to 06pm in April, May, July and September, 10 am to 06:30pm in July and August
2 rue du Château - 49260 BRÉZÉ
Contact :02 41 51 60 15 /

Association Carrefour des Troglodytes - 8
THe Carrefour des Troglodytes is an association who has been working for 40 years to promote the troglodytes of the Loire Valley. It aims to bring together and accompany amateu des troglodytes du Val de Loire. Elle a pour objectifs de rassembler et d’accompagner les amateurs and professionals in connexion with troglodytism.
02 41 67 13 12 Carrefour des Troglodytes - 493 route de Montsoreau - 49400 DAMPIERRE SUR LOIRE

Caves Gratien et Meyer - 9
The Maison Gratien & Meyer would like to invite you on a tour of its cellars in Saumur. Nestled in the hillside, the site was originally a series of tuffeau quarry caves converted into cellars in the 19th century.
Enjoy a rich, detailed and comprehensive cellar tour and discover the epic adventure of Gratien and Meyer, two enthusiasts who met and used their combined knowledge and expertise to achieve real quality.
Opening hours 2020 (shop / tasting / sales): January /February: (Closed 1 to 5 January for stocktaking) Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm ; March: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm ; April, May, June, September, October: Every day: 9.30am to 6pm (including public holidays ; July, August: Every day including public holidays, 9.30am to 6.30pm ; November, December: Every day, 10am to 5pm (closed 25 December – closes at 2.30pm on 31 December)

Caves Louis de Grenelle - 10
Every great House is born of a man with a strong personality, exceptional passion and an exacting nature. Maison Louis de Grenelle has been inspired by this same passion since 1859, and today is the last of the great independent Saumur family houses. In the heart of their cellars carved out of the tuffeau stone, they create their Fines Bulles wines with their delicate, refined and complex styles.
Opening hours: From 1st April to 31th August: Shop - Everyday 9:30am - 7:00pm, closed on 1st May ; Visits departures - 11am 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm ; Group (15 + visitors) on appointment
From 1st September to 31st October: Shop - Everyday 9:30am-12:30pm 1:30pm-6:30pm ; Visits departures - 11am 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm ; Group (15 + visitors) on appointment
From 2nd November to 31st March: Shop - Monday to Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm 1:30pm-6:30pm, closed on 25th December and 1st January, 24th December and 31st December close at 5pm ; Visits departures - Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm ; Group (15 + visitors) on appointment
839 Rue Marceau B.P. 206 - 49415 SAUMUR Cedex
Contact: Tél. 02 41 50 23 21 /

Caves Bouvet Ladubay - 11
In the heart of the Loire Valley, part of the UNESCO world heritage, Bouvet-Ladubay, Brut de Loire in Saumur in their kilometers of underground galleries excavated in the "Tuffeau" calciary stone.
Since its acquisition of the brand in 1932 by Justin Marcel Monmousseau, the same family has given a naturally artistic dimension to the company for all wine lovers.
To this day, more than 500 medals and awards have confirmed the quality of our wines.
The Bouvet Ladubay cellars are open all year round for visits, wine tasting and discovering all the steps to producing the sparkling wines through the "Methode Traditionnelle" winemaking process.
Opening times: all year around, 7 days a week.
From June 1st to September 30st: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 7:00pm - Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm - Sunday from 9:30am to 7:00pm
From October 1st to May 31st: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:00pm to 6:00pm - Weekend and holidays from 10:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
On December 24th and 31st we are open from 9am to 12:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm
We are closed on december the 25th.
WARNING : We will be closed from 1st to 5th of january 2020 included.

Les Nobles Fouées - 12
Come and taste traditional food of this region.
Opening times: all year around on Thurday evening, Friday evening, Saturday lunchtime and evening, Sunday lunchtime and eve of holidays. Group on appoitment.
23 rue Fouquet –St-Hilaire-St-Florent – 49400 Saumur – 02 41 83 20 27 nobles-foué

Ackerman - 13
A pioneer for the Loire fine sparkling wines, Jean-Baptiste Ackerman founded in 1811 his famous company in spectacular cellars dug in tufa limestone. He started the development in the area of Saumur Brut and Crémant de Loire in the traditional way. Embark for a “Journey to the Centre of the Bubble”, a unique scenography, and let yourself be carried away by the magic of art in the caves. The Ackerman Company has joined its know-how with fontevraud-la Scène to select artists whose ephemeral works of art brighten the space. A tour punctuated by videos, entertainment and games for the whole family. Tasting of the iconic wines of the Company.
Opening hours: The Caves are open every day (except on January the 1st and December the 25th).
From January to March: From Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm ; Sunday: 10 am - 12:30 pm / 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
From April to May: Every day: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
From June to September: Every day : 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
From October to December: From Monday to Saturday : 10:00 am – 12:30 pm / 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm ; Sunday : 10 am – 12:30 pm / 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Exceptional closures: Because of a power cut, on Sunday, January 19th 2020, the shop is closed in the morning. Opening hours: from 2.30pm until 6.30pm. Because of the event “La Dive bouteille”, on Sunday the 2nd and Monday the 3rd of February 2020, the shop will be closed.
19 rue Léopold Palustre - 49400 St Hilaire St Florent Tél. : 02 41 53 03 21 -

Le Musée du Champignon au cœur de nos cultures - 14
This site is dedicated to the fascinating world of wild and cultivated mushrooms. Through the galleries dug into the tuffeau you can explore the secrets of cultivation in an amazing atmosphere. 12 tons of mushrooms are harvested every year here: button, oyster, shiitake, blue-stem and other exotic mushrooms. The Museum of wild mushrooms boasts over 500 species from morels to the dreaded panther cap. See also, a collection of objects on the theme of mushrooms. Direct sale of cultivated mushrooms in the shop.
Opening hours:
From February 8th to March 31st: every day from 10:00 to 18:00
From April 1st to September 30th: every day from 10:00 to 19:00
From October 1st to November 11th: every day from 10:00 to 18:00
ST-HILAIRE-ST-FLORENT - 49400 SAUMUR - Tél. 02 41 50 31 55 -

Pierre et Lumière des sculptures en souterrain - 15
Pierre et Lumière is one of the most beautiful "troglodyte" sites in Saumur. You will travel the equivalent of 200 kilometers, in Anjou then in Touraine and discover around twenty sculptures representing the most beautiful monuments of the Loire Valley carved out of tufa stone.
Opening hours: February, March, October, November 10:00 to 18:00 - April to September 10:00 to 19:00 - Christmas vacation 14:00 to 18:00
ST-HILAIRE-ST-FLORENT - 49400 SAUMUR - Tél. 02 41 50 70 04 -

La Cave aux Moines Visite et Restaurant - 16
Dug by men from the XIIth century onwards to extract the stone, “the tuffeau” destined for building, The Cave aux Moines was used as far back as the beginning of the XXth century to cultivate mushrooms. During the tour, The Cave aux Moines takes the visitor back in time explaining and showing the troglodyte way of life, the story of "tuffeau", the snails reproduce, mushroom cultivation and the cellar.
Opening hours: mid-June to mid-September every day from 10am to 6:30pm - mid-September to mid-June on Saturday,Sunday, week and feast-days
Groups: every day all year long with reservation
PRÉBAN 49350 Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault - Tél. 02 41 67 95 64

Les Caves de Marson Restaurant - 17
This first troglodytic restaurant welsomes you with a great meal and a romantic atmosphere. You will taste lots of local specialities and it is close to le Cadre Noir, des Caves de vins pétillants, champignonnières in Saumur.
Open on appointment.
1 rue Henri Fricotelle ROU-MARSON Tél : 02 41 50 50 05 –

L’Hélice Terrestre en Troglodytes - 18
A vast and surprising sculpture, born from the encounter of the artist Jacques Warminski with the world of troglodytes. It is a composition of two simultaneous spaces: one entirely excavated into the rock, the other shaped and moulded in the open. The tour is a unique experience as the visitor moves in and around the work itself.
Note: the Hélice Terrestre also holds exhibitions and concerts.
Opening hours:
From January 1st to 14th February: Saturday, Sunday and holidays with reservation
From February 15th to March 8th: every day 14:00 to 18:00
From March 9th to April 3th: Saturday and Sunday 14:00 to 18:00
From April 4th to April 30th: every day 14:00 to 18:00
From May 1st to September 30th: every day 11:00 to 20:00
From October 1st to October 16th: Saturday and Sunday 14:00 to 18:00
From October 17th to November 1st: every day 14:00 to 18:00
From November 2th to December 31st: Saturday, Sunday and holidays with reservation
49350 St Georges des sept voies - Tél : 02 41 57 95 92 -

La Cave aux Sculptures - 19
Hundreds of figures carved into the walls of the underground cellar, entangled in a gigantic, carved, graphic drama. An earthy, baroque dance from the late 16th or early 17th centuries. An archaeological enigma but a masterpiece of folk art.
Opening hours:
From April 1st to May 31st: every day 14:00 - 18:00, except Tuesday
From June 1st to August 31st: every day 10:30 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:00, except Tuesday
From September 1st to September 30th: every day 14:00 - 18:00, except Tuesday
49700 DÉNEZÉ-SOUS-DOUÉ - Tél. 02 41 59 15 40

Les Caves de la Génevraie Restaurant / Rocaminori Hôtel - 20
A good way to share with guests a special style of living. You will taste the speciality FOUACES. Bon appétit !
Opening hours: Friday evening, Saturday lunchtime and evening, Sunday lunchtime and holidays. July and August: every day lunchtime and evening, closed on Monday
49700 LOURESSE - Tél 02 41 59 34 22 -

Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier - 21
Located in Western France, between the Loire valley and the Atlantic coast, the cave dwelling village museum of Rochemenier invites you to discover an underground world.
On 1 hectare, discover two ancient troglodytic farms with their rooms and dependencies.
A unique underground lifestyle in the Loire valley!
From May 1st to September 15th: daily open from 9:30am to 6pm
From September 16th to April 30th: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, closed on December and Juanuary.
49700 Louresse-Rochemenier - Tél : 02 41 59 18 15 -

Les Maisons Troglodytes de Forges - 22
From 04/04/2020 to 14/06/2020: Saturday,Sunday and holidays
From 20/06/2020 to 30/08/2020: Every day from 10:00 to 18:00, except Tuesday, open on 14/07
From 05/09/2020 to 01/11/2020: Saturday, Sunday and holidays
10 route de la Fosse 49700 DÉNEZÉ SOUS DOUÉ - Tél. 02 41 59 00 32 -

Le Caveau Restaurant - 23
You can enjoy various specialities of the region, the owner has brought the troglodytes heritage back to life.
Opening times: all year round
From October to Easter holiday: weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday evening
From Easter holiday to the end of September: lunchtime and evening, except Wednesday
During school holidays: every day, lunchtime and evening, except Tuesday
For groups: all year round on appointment
Place du Champ de Foire 49700 Doué la Fontaine, Tél. 02 41 59 98 28 Mail :

Le Mystère des Faluns - 24
The troglodyte cave site of Perrières in Doué-la-Fontaine, known for its monumental dimensions and its pointed Gothic forms, is illuminated and animated by “The Faluns Mystery”. All along an underground scenographic trail, the visitor is transported in the underwater world present in Doué-la-Fontaine 10 millions years ago. Didactic film show, lighting effects, iridescent blue walls, fish ballet, water mirror, suggestive and fluctuating music beat… A fabulous trip between land and sea, past and present, dreams and science.
Opening hours: 
From 08/02 to 14/06: Every day 10:00 - 12:30 / 14:00 - 18:00, except Monday, open on 13/04 and 01/06
From 15/06 to 14/09: Every day 10:00 - 19:00
From 15/09 to 01/11: Every day 10:00 - 12:30 / 14:00 - 18:00
Last access: 30 minutes before closing time
For groups: all year round on appointment
7 rue d’Anjou - Doué-la-Fontaine 49700 DOUÉ-EN-ANJOU - 02 41 59 71 29 -

Les Cathédrales de la Saulaie Restaurant et salle de séminaire - 25
From April 1st to October 31th: from Tuesday to Sunday lunchtime
From November 1st to March 31st: from Friday to Sunday lunchtime
For groups: all year round with reservation
49700 DOUÉ-LA-FONTAINE - Tél. 02 41 38 57 77 - Fax 02 41 38 57 85

Troglodytes& sarcophages - 26
Come and go through an unforgettable experience in the heart of a universe of stones and History.Come and meet the quarrymen who had been digging in the reigns of the great Frankish kings: Clovis,Dagobert, Louis the Pious.Come and discover a little-known aspect of French history at the time of the Merovingians and theirreligious rites by following the various stages of the manufacture of sarcophagi.Come and follow the steps of the archeologists who discovered this unique, fascinating site carved rightout of the sea of shell beds.You will be surprised to find out how, through the ages, men have managed to reuse this subterraneanspace for the last 1500 years: stone quarry, underground shelter, Middle Ages dwellings, storage silos,troglodytic chapel, wine-producing site…
Current timetables: May and June: Monday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 2:30 - 5:30pm
July and August: Monday to Sunday 10 : 00-12:30 / 14:30- 18:30
Admissions: Adults 5.5€ - Children (6-12) 3.8€ - Teenagers/students (12-18) 4.8€ - Disabled persons 4.8€ - Unemployed 4.8€
1 rue de la Croix Mordret 49700 Doué la Fontaine - 06 77 77 06 94 et 02 41 59 24 95

La Rose Bleue-Farfadine : Un site Troglo à vivre - 27
You will explore contemporary troglo habitat, potter's workshop, underground gallery, etc.
Opening hours: From April 1st to December 24th: from Tuesday to Saturday 14:00 - 18:00 (19:00 in July and August)
Guided visit in the troglo habitat: Every day at 16:00 in July and August, all year round with reservation
21, rue de la Croix de fer - 49 700 Doué la Fontaine - 02 41 59 86 83 -

Bioparc-Zoo de Doué la Fontaine - 28
Over 1300 animals live in an exceptional natural setting dedicated to the protection of endangered species. Dug into the rock, our tunnels will lead you from one environment to the next!
Opening times:
February -March: 10am to 6pm
April - May - June: 9am to 7pm
July - August: 9am to 7:30pm
September: 9am to 7pm
October - November: 10am to 6:30pm (5:30pm in winter time)
Christmas holidays: 11am to 4pm (closed 12/25 and 01/01)
Duration of the visit: from 4 hours to a day
Last adviced access 2 h before closure
Bioparc - 103, rue de Cholet 49700 Doué-la-Fontaine Tél. 02 41 59 18 58 - Fax : 02 41 59 25 86 - -

Les Troglos de la Sablière Site historique et d’expression d’art contemporaine - 29
Roses accompagny the visitor throughout this guided tour of the shelly-sand galleries. Enjoy the rose water distillery, the rose cellar, a fossil collection and the old troglodytic café, dug by hand by Monsieur Grégoire.
opening period 2020: From 01/05 to 30/09/2020
49700 Doué en Anjou - Tél. 02 41 59 96 83 -

La Cave vivante du Champignon - 30 Jacky
Jacky Roulleau, mushroom grower and storyteller, welcomes you into his 16th century troglodytic dwelling where button and wood mushrooms are cultivated. A slideshow and several representations tell the story of the cellar, the geology of tuff eau, marine fossils, troglodytic habitations and local history. Father Jules knows everything about mushrooms, by the end of the visit you will too. He will also offer you wines from the family estate, Le Clos Saint-Maur to taste. Sale of mushrooms on site.
Open Every day from 28/03 to 30/09 10:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
For groups: all year round with reservation
Last access 30 minutes before closure
SANZIERS 49260 LE-PUY-NOTRE-DAME Tél. 02 41 40 36 47 - 06 81 17 35 74 - 06 71 72 81 46 -