Located 103 meters (338 ft) below the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park, the Padirac Cave is an impressive subterranean experience in south central France. It's become increasingly tourist-accessible over the years (constituting the most-visited cave in France), so anyone expecting to rappel in with headlamps and gear in tow may be somewhat disappointed at the area's developed infrastructure. Still, if a series of mammoth caves connected by an underground river piques your curiosity, you'll have all the awesome underground scenery you can handle here.
Opt for the stairs instead of the elevator if you want to get a more palpable sense for how deep you're descending, then watch the subterranean world come to life. A boat ride and hike through two of the cave's 40+ kilometers reveal beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, along with other river carved formations that can't help but leave an impression. Just bring a pair of boots and a jacket for the cool, damp conditions, and enjoy an easy but impressive excursion inside France's Massif Central.
Location:Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park, France