Grottes de Maxange


Discovered in 2000 in a stone quarry, this cave system is packed with stalagtites and mineral deposits.

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Nearby Cadouin attractions

1. Cloître de Cadouin

2.71 MILES

This Unesco-listed 12th-century Cistercian abbey and its Gothic cloister hide in the forest just south of the Dordogne, along the River Bélingou.

2. Gouffre de Proumeyssac

4.38 MILES

In high season, reserve ahead for a guided tour of this vast cave with sparkling stalactites. It has an aerial basket for viewing the cavern.

3. Grotte du Sorcier


About 8km west of Les Eyzies, near the hamlet of St-Cirq, this privately owned cave features several animal engravings dating from around 15,000 BC to 17…

4. Musée National de Préhistoire


Inside a marvellous modern building alongside the cliffs, this museum provides a fine prehistory primer, with the most comprehensive collection of…

5. Abri Pataud

8.43 MILES

About 250m north of the Musée National de Préhistoire, this Cro-Magnon abri (shelter) was inhabited over a period of 15,000 years starting some 37,000…

6. Abri Cro-Magnon

8.63 MILES

Interactive displays trace the history and stories of Cro-Magnon people; there is a small rock shelter accessible above the site.

7. 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,…

8. Grotte du Grand Roc

8.83 MILES

Around 3km northwest of Les Eyzies along the D47, this cave contains an array of glittering stalactites and stalagmites. A joint ticket (adult/child €11/6…