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 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 Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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. Look out for mammoths, horses and reindeer, and human figures, as…
Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Abri de Cap Blanc

While most of the Vézère’s caves contain engravings and paintings, this overhanging cliff-face contains a handful of unusual large carvings in relief, shaped using simple flint tools some 14,000 years ago. The friez…
Museum in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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 prehistoric finds in France. Highlights include a huge gallery of St…
Farm in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Sangliers de Mortemart

See wild boars being raised in semi-freedom on this farm just outside Mortemart. These porky cousins of the modern pig were once common across France, but their numbers have been reduced by habitat reduction and hun…
Museum in The Vézère Valley

Le Thot

In an effort to bring the prehistoric age to life, Le Thot, 8km southwest of Montignac, places reproduced Lascaux cave scenes alongside displays about Cro-Magnon life and art, as well as real-life descendants of the…
Historic Site in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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 17,000 BC, but it’s best known for a human figure known as the S…
Cave in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Grotte du Grand Roc

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) includes adjacent Abri de Laugerie Basse, a rock shelter or…