The land of caves
France is bursting with treasures under the ground. The Vézère valley boasts a heritage that has been preserved for thousands of years. The Lascaux cave, the Dordogne's flagship site, is surrounded by deposits, prehistoric shelters and other prehistoric caves with a unique past.
The Font de Gaume cave in Les Eyzies is the last four-colour cave still open to the public. The Combarelles cave features a rare concentration of schematic human figures, animal representations and tangled geometric signs.
We'll help you choose THE cave that's right for you:
Which one to choose?
Are you claustrophobic?
Since caves are special in that they're underground, we'd recommend exploring troglodytic sites or the region's castles. You'll see, it's great too!
Are you addicted?
Head for Bara Bahau!
La caverne des ours is a little-known cave in the commune of Le Bugue. It has the unusual feature of being extremely wide (up to 25m), which is unusual for prehistoric caves. Its unusual entrance deserves your love of caves.
Are you clever?
We'll take you by train!
More than 8 kilometres (one way) to reach the famous "frieze of ten mammoths". Admittedly, it could have been done on foot, but the owner likes to pamper you. Such a facility not only makes the site accessible to all, but also helps to preserve it.
Are you a newcomer?
Intro to Lascaux!
But which one? 2, 4, 6, 8?
The Lascaux IV International Centre for Cave Art is definitely the most accessible cave for everyone.
You don't know anything about it (wait, we'll explain?) and just want to admire the work of our ancestors? Or learn a few painting techniques? Or discover why this cave is the benchmark of prehistory? Dive into the bowels of Lascaux hill for a discovery that will stay in your holiday memories for a very long time.
Are you more of a painter?
We've got what it takes!
Discover all the prehistoric caves in the area below.