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Holidays at Montignac-Lascaux by the tourist office of Dordogne

A little history of Montignac

The history of the city is combined with that of humanity.
Indeed, Montignac was occupied from the Paleolithic and then colonized by the Romans : villas of Olivoux (at Le Chambon) and Brenac bear witness to this occupation.

The presence of a fortress  is attested from the early Middle Ages until the tenth century. The Count of Perigord inherited it by marriage in the next century and the fortress became an important stronghold. The last Counts, Archambaud V and VI, will have their property confiscated by a decree of the Parliament of Paris because of their inequitable conduct. Montignac went back to Louis d'Orleans, brother of Charles VI, who was taken prisoner at Agincourt. The city was sold to Jean de Blois to pay his ransom. Passed by marriage to the family of Albret, the castellany remained their property until 1603, when Henri IV gave it to François de Hautefort, lord of Thenon. Dismantled several times during the wars, the castle was destroyed in 1825. However a tower and infrastructure still remain.

In 1580, the bridge was burnt by Protestants, rebuilt a first time and then carried away by floods in 1620. The current bridge, built between 1766 and 1777, replaced the "bac" : a kind of boat used for 150 years to cross the river.

The town is composed of two parts. On the right bank, the area belonged to the diocese of Périgueux and on the left bank, the parish of Brenac belonged to the diocese of Sarlat. One can find houses built on stilts in the medieval narrow streets. The town has a religious heritage with several convents and the priory...

Eugène le Roy, the author of « Jacquou le Croquant », the  moralist Joseph Joubert and the writer of fables Pierre Lachambaudie are famous people of Montignac.

Two of the most famous sites of the Vezere valley are present on the territory of the city : Lascaux cave, discovered on the 12th September 1940 and the site of Regourdou

Activities for everyone

The city contains one of the jewels of cave art : Lascaux cave. You will be able to visit 200 meters of the original cave reproduced in the first facsimile, named "Lascaux 2", which opened its doors on July 18, 1983. And since December 2016, Lascaux-Center International of parietal art, a complete replica, retraces the discovery of the famous ornate cave.
Not far from the original cave, come to discover the prehistoric site of Le Regourdou with its sinkhole, deposit, living bear park, and museum. You will make a fascinating trip in the past, to discover the Neanderthal man. 

Nestled upstream of the Vézère valley, Montignac is the ideal starting point for a canoe trip on the Vézère. For the more sporties, 44km await you to the village of Limeuil.

Montignac and its area offer numerous walking tours and several activities (mountain bike for example) to entertain the public and get the culture accessible.

You are looking for a guided tour of the village ? Download the circuit commented by one of the most famous storytellers of Périgord directly on your smartphones (on Android or Itunes).
Geocachers friends, a poï'z is hiding in the village of Montignac ! DJust download the application Tèrra Aventura !

A lively village

Plenty of events all along the year :

march : the day of trees, woods and flowers
april : photography festival "Clic Clac"
july : the International Festival of Montignac (dance and world music)
july to october : Festival of the Black Périgord (classic music)
september : "Festival de la Récup" (eco festival)
novembre : Documenterre Festival (ecological movies festival) and "Les Contes du Lébérou" (old perigordian stories told by a specialist of our region)


enlightened Camping car service area next to the river and the city center.
enlightened Gourmet market every monday night during the summer
enlightened The swimming-pool
enlightened Electric bikes rentals 24/7 (near the Tourist Information Centre)

Montignac ©Myriam.G
Montignac ©Myriam.G


Tourist office
Place Bertran de Born

Townhall of Montignac
Place Yvon Delbos
Phone : +33 5 53 51 72 00
Email : info@ville-montignac.com
Website : https://ville-montignac.com