Man of Spy cave


The Man of Spy cave lies in a green setting overhanging the Orneau valley. As one of Europe’s most important Palaeolithic sites, the cave was excavated several times. In 1886, bones were discovered there which, when studied, prompted the international scientific community to definitively admit the existence of an archaic human species: Neanderthal Man. This is an ideal place for relaxing and dreaming, with waymarked footpaths that pass through woods and spread out to the surrounding villages.

This wooded site, known as Bois de li Bètch-aus-Rotches, is referenced among the sites of great biological interest of the Walloon Region. A 2.5-km fitness trail with 15 trials combines a chance to explore this superb site and do some fun-filled physical exercise at the same time. The Orneau valley at this point displays a striking variety of wetlands. River, river banks, ponds and springs all create habitats conducive to the development of varied flora and fauna. The batrachians alone include the spotted salamander, the common midwife toad, the alpine newt and the palmate newt, the common frog and the common toad.

Extra infos

  • Opening dates and times Free access at all times From March to June, on the first Sunday in the month at 2.30 pm: free guided tours of the site. Departure from the car park of the wood around the cave – follow the road signs
  • Groups welcome
  • French