Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Montignac

Grotte de Lascaux

France’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings are at the Grotte de Lascaux, 2km southeast of Montignac. Naturally sealed and protected for millennia, it was discovered in 1940 by four teenage boys searching for th…
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotte de Font de Gaume

This extraordinary cave contains the only original polychrome (as opposed to single colour) paintings still open to the public. About 14,000 years ago, prehistoric artists created the gallery of more than 200 delica…
Top Choice Fortress in Najac

Forteresse Royale de Najac

High on a hilltop 150m above a hairpin bend in the River Aveyron, Najac’s fortress looks as if it's fallen from the pages of a fairy tale: slender towers and fluttering flags rise from crenellated ramparts, surround…
Top Choice Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château de Castelnaud

The massive ramparts and metre-thick crenellated walls of this quintessential medieval fortress (occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War) contain an elaborate museum of medieval warfare with displays of…
Top Choice Area in Figeac

Medieval Figeac

Enter the historic centre of Figeac at place Vival, where the tourist office occupies the Hôtel de la Monnaie, an arcaded 13th-century building where money was exchanged. Purchase the excellent leaflet Les Clefs de …
Top Choice Historic Site in Rocamadour

Sanctuaires

The Sanctuaires are seven beautiful 12th- to 14th-century chapels built into the rockface and surrounding a central courtyard. You can see worn stones where pilgrims cycled between the churches. Chapelle Notre Dame …
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotte de Rouffignac

Hidden in woodland 18km north of Les Eyzies, this tri-level cave is one of the most complex and rewarding to see in the Dordogne. Board an electric train to explore a 1km maze of tunnels in the massive cavern plungi…
Top Choice Museum in Périgueux

Musée Gallo-Romain Vesunna

Part of the park that contains the Tour de Vésone, this sleek museum designed by French architect Jean Nouvel encompasses a 1st-century Roman domus (townhouse) uncovered in 1959. Light floods in through the glass-an…
Top Choice Gardens in La Roque Gageac

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Garden fans won’t want to miss these famous manicured gardens, stretching along a rocky bluff overlooking the Dordogne Valley. Signposted paths lead through painstakingly clipped box hedges and decorative topiary to…
Top Choice Cave in The Lot

Gouffre de Padirac

Discovered in 1889, the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac features some of France’s spangliest underground caverns. The cave’s navigable river, 103m below ground level, is reached through a 75m-deep, 33m-wide chasm. Bo…