Grotte des Baumes Obscure

by Bert Schwarz

We explore this cave system only with the on-board lights of our camera. Nine caves make up the "Baume Obscure" grotto. Three of them are called the Cypress Cave, the Praise Cave and the Service Cave. They form an underground network with a total length of 1,200 meters and a maximum depth of 80 meters. A part of about 700 meters is accessible by stairs and footbridges and offers a breathtaking view into the most interesting galleries and underground rooms.

Grotte des Baumes Obscure

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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Baume Obscure is an extraordinary place where you can discover the many facets of the Mediterranean Karst (southern Karst of the Grasse Prealps) both above and below ground: its particular geology, mineralogy and hydrology, its fauna and flora, its cultural and historical heritage.

Grotte des Baumes Obscure © Bert Schwarz
Grotte des Baumes Obscure © Bert Schwarz

On the surface: At an average altitude between 600 m and 700 m, holm oaks and downy oaks, together with a few Aleppo or Scots pines, cover the valleys, plateaus and limestone slopes of the vast area surrounding the Baume Obscure site. In addition, there are the moors with ash broom and boxwood, lavender and thyme, and rosemary lawns that nestle in the crevices of the Lapiaz, the Mediterranean scrublands that are sometimes difficult to access, especially near the gorges of the Haute Siagne region.

Grotte des Baumes Obscure © Bert Schwarz
Grotte des Baumes Obscure © Bert Schwarz

The remains of the past are also very present in the area: old walls and terraces, shepherd's huts (bories), trout ponds, dolmens and tombs, chapels, old bridges and old mills.

Underground: the cave offers a complete overview of the hydrological phenomena and minerals hidden beneath the limestone plateau of Saint-Vallier de Thiey.