The Proumeyssac chasm is part of the Grands Sites du Périgord and is part of the classified area Grand Site de France. This is one of the most popular places to visit in the Dordogne, close to Le Bugue, Les Eyzies and the Dordogne valley. Its natural formation impresses young and old alike, and is known as the the Crystal Cathedral. It can be discovered in a cradleIt's the culmination of a unforgettable visit ! 

Why visit the Proumeyssac chasm?

The number of concretions

Take a guided tour of the largest converted cave in Périgord and admire a multitude of stalagmites and stalactites. Accompanied for 1 hour by a guide, you will discover the draperies, eccentrics, fistulas and other gours that make this natural setting a must-see during your stay in Périgord.

The park around the chasm

Matthieu Ricard

A small museum installed at the end of the visit will give you a better understanding of geological formation of the cave. During school holidays, a : Professor Geopole invites you to follow him into the park, in the shade of the trees. Using material suitable for children and a lofty voice, the teacher will take you on a journey through the geological evolution of the Dordogne and Périgord Noir regions. The experience of the Gouffre de Proumeyssac is not complete without a search for gold in the river of minerals. 

Once you've finished visiting the chasm, you can take a stroll through the charming village. d'Audrixnear du Bugue. It is appreciated for its typical architecture Périgord Noir and its footpaths. For youngsters (and others), a Tèrra Aventura course is proposed.

A full family day at Audrix to plan during your holiday in the Dordogne!  

The Proumeyssac chasm, a visit for everyone.

You are among friends

And you're looking for an original activity to offer to all your holiday companions?
The Proumeyssac chasm You'll be able to take a trip down in a gondola, just as you did when the cave was first discovered. Overlooking the stalactites and stalagmites, other shapes take shape before you, so you can admire concretions of the arch as closely as possible. A vertiginous expedition that guarantees incredible memories!
The gondola tour joins the traditional itinerary, so that friends prone to vertigo can join you after this experience, and give you their opinion on your central role in the first sound and light show.


The gondola tour joins the traditional route and allows you to admire the concretions up close.

You are with your family

And are you looking to impress your children?
The Proumeyssac chasm is underground, so it's best to tell your children that they return underground, in the dark. Adventurous children will love the game of cave exploration. The visit is always accompanied by a professional guideWe can reassure them that they have no chance of staying underground.
The abyss, like any other Périgord Noir cave (and even France!) is at a constant temperature, between 13 and 15° C. We advise you to dress well and to choose non-slip shoes.
When the gondola begins its descent, the rest of the cavity is plunged into darkness. This makes it possible toadmire the show from the observation platform below. Holidaymakers who have taken the " nacelle descent "The children discover the concretions one by one, with the lighting adapted to the sounds played simultaneously. Children are always amazed by this spectacle. Pitchounes noise-sensitive can be with headphones to protect their ears. 

You are in a wheelchair

Looking to visit the Dordogne?
The Dordogne is renowned for its castles (Castelnaud, Commarque, …) , typical Périgord villages... but it's not easy to get to all these magnificent sites that reflect France's medieval past.


A visit to the Gouffre de Proumeyssac is partially adapted for people with reduced mobility. Once you've bought your ticket, you'll walk along a wide corridor with a gentle gradient. You then join the rest of the visitors on the observation platform. Here you can admire all the concretions in the chasm: the octopus, the draperies, the columns, the gours, etc.


The Proumeyssac chasm is a visit you can feel, the sound tour and the droplets you hear falling make it possible to pass a wonderful moment into this abyss.

You're hiking near Le Bugue and looking for a refreshing break

After scouring waymarked pathsIt's a good idea to visit one of the major sites of the Vézère valley. We recommend this tourist mecca before returning to your accommodation.
Yes, of course, Audrix hill makes you sweat when you arrive from Bugue but as well as an unforgettable memory in "the crystal cathedral"You can have a drink and a bite to eat on the spot.
A snack bar open for most of the year and picnic tables are set up in the surrounding woods. Restaurants are also waiting for you in the village ofAudrix.
Come and see us, we'll give you all the information you need at Le Bugue tourist office!

More info

To avoid queues, tickets are on sale online.

What is a chasm?

The abyss is a natural formation due to the collapse of the limestone.
Water run-off over the centuries has contributed to stone erosionThis is how a hole appeared on the heights of Audrix.
What do you think the difference is between a chasm and a cave?
For the chasm, you have to go down to visit it: it's a vertical hole. As for the caveIt can be visited by entering horizontally inside. The verticality gives it a grandiose feel!
To date, the Gouffre de Proumeyssac in a depth of 42 metres but it is highly likely that other underground passages run through the depths of the this natural jewel of France.

Gouffre de Proumeyssac or Gouffre de Padirac?

The Gouffre de Proumeyssac lies to the south of the Vézère valley, 30 minutes from Sarlat.
The Périgord cavity is sometimes confused with the Gouffre de Padiracanother natural cave in south-west France. Our neighbour in the Lot offers a boat trip accompanied by a guide-catcher.
The " Crystal Cathedral "is orchestrated around two main themes sound and light shows. Numerous activities are on offer in the outdoor area for all the family. While parents pedal their bikes electricity-generating bicycles to produce the resources needed for the visit, the smallest take advantage of the edutainment park

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