Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil & Around

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 230 figure…
Top Choice Historic Site in Montignac & Lascaux

Grotte de Lascaux & Lascaux II

France’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings are at Grotte de Lascaux, 2km southeast of Montignac. Completely sealed and protected for ages, it was discovered in 1940 by four teenage boys searching for their lost…
Top Choice Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac & Around

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 Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil & Around

Grotte de Rouffignac

Hidden in pretty woodland 15km north of Les Eyzies, this enormous 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 massi…
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 villa uncovered in 1959. Light floods in through the glass-and-steel stru…
Top Choice Museum in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil & Around

Musée National de Préhistoire

Inside a marvellous modern building alongside the cliffs, this museum provides a fine prehistory primer (providing your French is good) with the most comprehensive collection of prehistoric finds in France. Highligh…
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil & Around

Grotte des Combarelles

This narrow, very long cave 1.5km east of Font de Gaume was the first rediscovered in the valley, in 1901, and is renowned for its animal engravings, many of which cleverly use the natural contours of the rock to sc…
Top Choice Gardens in La Roque Gageac & Around

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 Market in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Weekly Markets

For an introductory French market experience, visit Sarlat’s heavily touristed Saturday market, which takes over the streets around Cathédrale St-Sacerdos. Depending on the season, delicacies include local mushrooms…
Top Choice Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil & Around

Abri de Cap Blanc

While most of the Vézère’s caves contain engravings and paintings, unusually, this rock shelter contains only evocatively carved sculptures, shaped using simple flint tools some 14,000 years ago. The 40m frieze of h…