Top 10 questions
How to visit Font de Gaume and Combarelles caves ?
Ticketing and the entrance of the cave are both at the same place. When you come from Sarlat, it’s on your left along the road. If you come from north or west, at the roundabout turn on the left.
Caves of Font-de-Gaume and Combarelles are open every day except Saturday :
- From 15 may to 15 september, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- From 16 september to 14 may, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5:30 pm
Closed on the 1st January, 1st may, 1st and 11th November, 25th December
To protect the caves, the number of tickets is limited at Font de Gaume (only 12 tickets by visit) and Combarelles (6 tickets). All the tickets for the day are sold at the opening of the ticket office (9.30 am). We recommend to start queuing before the opening of the ticket office. One ticket will be delivered for each physically present person.
What is the difference between the “Pôle International de la Préhistoire” (International Center of Prehistory) and the National Museum of Prehistory?
The “Pôle International de la Préhistoire” brings to light the Vézère Valley patrimony and presents sites and places which are important on this territory. It’s an excellent point to start your holidays before to visit others sites (caves, museum…). Thanks to original supports like a 3D visual, numeric space, educational room…. You’ll discover prehistory and have fun in the same time.
The National museum of Prehistory displays collections of objects coming from prehistoric sites: art objects, bones, tools… you can visit the museum by yourself or follow a guide. It’s a good place to understand the prehistoric time.
Markets are very popular in Perigord, they take place each week all year long. It’s the best way to taste our local products. During the summer, you can also appreciate night markets where you’ll find a convivial atmosphere.
Kids and families
Vezere Valley is the ideal place for those funny and exciting days out with the kids. Educational workshops are organized to discover and practice archaeological dig and Pariétal art (National Museum of Prehsitory, the “Pôle International de Préhistoire”, Shelter of Laugerie Basse, the Thot, the Préhisto Parc, Castel Merle, the Conquil…) .
The little ones can also discover the Prehistoric time at the “Pôle International de la Préhistoire” or at the Rouffignac cave with the little electric train which will bring you inside.
But, the Vezere Valley is not just about prehistoric sites !
Children will love leisure parks too, like Le Bournat, the aquarium at Le Bugue, the Roc de Cazelle… and aquatic parcs : the Etangs du bos, the Jacquou parc. If they love sport, bring them to an equestrian center, if they love nature, the Gardens of Limeuil or the Château de Campagne garden will be perfect to discover vegetal secrets in a beautiful place.
Hiking trail and pathway
We have lots of hiking trails, long or short, in the Vezere Valley. You’ll appreciate the diversity of our plants, our fauna, and our local patrimony. In our tourist office, you’ll find walking maps, and mountain bike circuits with different levels of difficulty.
What kind of transport can you find ?
The best way to explore the valley it’s your personal car. The train stops at Le Bugue, Les Eyzies, Condat sur Vézère, Le Lardin Saint-Lazare and Sarlat. After, you have to rent a car or take a taxi. There is no bus service.
Most of campsites offer pitches for camper vans. But you can also stay in pitches especially dedicated for camper vans in some villages : Le Bugue, Les Eyzies, Saint Léon sur Vézère and Montignac.
Top swimming spots
In summer, swimming pools of le Bugue, Audrix and Montignac are open. There is a supervised swimming lake in Tamniès with a beach and playground. The Etangs du Bos propose slides, playground, pools… Or you can choose to have fun in the Jacquou parc “Aqualud”.