The caves of Blanot are located on the commune of the same name, in Saône-et-Loire, 12 km north-east of Cluny.
They were discovered in 1739 on the western flank of Mont Saint-Romain, the highest point in the Cluny region, carved out of limestone strata.
Trained at the end of the tertiary era, uncovered in the eighteenth century, caves were not really explored until 1940 and speleologists began to initiate a tour.
The site became property of the town in 1959, the opening to the general public followed. The guided tour is completed in one hour and begins with a "hall" 50 m long, continuing with a network of galleries that descend to 80 m deep.
In addition to amazing concretions (stalactites and stalagmites), we can cross a few colonies of bats and observe rare insects that have adapted to this very specific environment (darkness, constant temperature of the order of 10 to 12 degrees).
Showcases and panels are finally devoted to the results of the various archaeological excavation campaigns undertaken on the site and in the immediate vicinity.
Open on weekends in June and September and every day in July and August. Price: 3 to 6 euros. On Friday evening, in July and August, visit in a caving atmosphere. Information on +33 3 85 50 03 59.