The most beautiful caves and chasms in the Dordogne Périgord

The Caves of Dordogne are all more interesting than the others, some are geological curiosities decorated with concretions, others were visited by prehistoric cavemen such as Cro magnon in particular in the Vézère valley during the Magdalenian period.

Ornate Prehistoric Caves World-famous as masterpieces of prehistoric art: the "Venus of Laussel" and the "Frieze of Horses" in high relief at Cap Blanc, and above all the famous cave paintings of the Lascaux caves: horse, aurochs, bison, deer, bulls, ibexes and mammoths

Caves in Concretions The concretions are the fruit of the alchemy between water, rock and time. An astonishing work of erosion which first dug cavities in the rock followed by the slow crystallization of minerals contained in the secular water. Stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies, eccentrics: all these concretions are offered to your eyes in our underground.

The chasms The chasms are distinguished from the caves by their generally imposing entrance, which has a marked verticality. Sometimes the chasms have a very important entrance as in Padirac, but others like that of Proumeyssac barely open on the outside and have long been unexplored because smoking and known once as "Devil's Hole"

Laugerie Basse shelter

Prehistoric site inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List

At the prehistoric shelters of Laugerie Basse, walk under a real habitat occupied by Man since the Magdalenian period, and which...

Les Eyzies

Roque Saint Christophe

La Roque Saint-Christophe Troglodyte Fort and City

Halfway between LES EYZIES and MONTIGNAC-LASCAUX, the cliff of the ROQUE SAINT CHRISTOPHE rises steeply from the Vézère. This real wall...

La Roque Saint-Christophe
Peyzac-le-Moustier

The Maxange Cave

Let yourself be caught by a unique and magical cave.

The Grotte de Maxange, in the Dordogne valley, is surprising in many ways It begins with its history, which is not a history of its own...

Le Buisson-de-Cadouin

The Thot Park

Extend your experience in prehistory

In the Parc du Thot, you will discover Cro-Magnon man and his relationship with the species that lived in his time, which he sometimes painted or...

Thonac

Chasm of Proumeyssac

The Crystal Cathedral of Dordogne Perigord

History of the Proumeyssac chasm Already in the 18th century, the Proumeyssac chasm was known in the Dordogne for its terrifying legends: it was...

Proumeyssac
Audrix

The Carbonnières Cave

A magical atmosphere: a sound and light ambiance

The Grotte des Carbonnières was discovered in the 2000s, then developed and opened to the public in 2018 by Jean-Max Touron.

Lacave

Lascaux International Center of parietal Art

Lascaux International Centre for Cave Art ( lascaux 4 )

In perfect harmony with the landscape: 9,000 m² of buildings blend into the landscape, stretched out like a scratch on the façade, almost like a...

Montignac

Cave of Domme

Visit the cave of Domme, you will love it!

Under the Bastide of Domme, a village classified as one of the "most beautiful villages in France", lives the fantastic world of the largest cave in the world...

Place de la Halle
Domme

Font de Gaume cave

One of the most beautiful Paleolithic sanctuaries in the world

Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979, Font-de-Gaume is an ornate cave and one of the most beautiful Paleolithic sanctuaries...

Avenue des Grottes 4
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

The Wizard's Cave

prehistoric decorated cave and troglodytic site

The Cave of the Sorcerer is located on the heights of the small village of Saint-Cirq between Le Bugue and Les Eyzies de Taillac. The cave is nestled in the hollow of the...

Les Eyzies

Caves of Cougnac

Caves of cougnac : authentic prehistoric drawings in the middle of concretions

The site of the caves of Cougnac is made up of 2 caves 200m apart. The first cave was discovered in 1949. It contains a very large...

Caves of Cougnac
Payrignac

The Cro-Magnon Shelter

Emblematic place of the discovery of Cro-magnon Man

The Cro-Magnon shelter is the emblematic place of the discovery, giving its name to the first modern man: Cro-Magnon man (synonymous with...

Chemin de Cro Magnon 2
Les Eyzies

Padirac Abyss

Reality is beyond imagination!

Close to Rocamadour, Le Gouffre de Padirac is in the Dordogne Valley on the Causse du Quercy in the Lot region, just an hour from Sarlat. The...

The Abyss
Padirac

Caves of the Roc de Cazelle

Prehistory, history and nature in the land of man

Come and discover the Grottes du roc de Cazelle, a striking prehistoric park where you can see reconstructions of the life of our ancestors.

Route de Sarlat
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Le Regourdou

The Neanderthal Sanctuary

The extraordinary story of Regourdou began in 1954 when Roger Constant, the owner of a farm near the cave of Regourdou,...

Montignac

Combarelles Cave

More than 800 Magdalenian engravings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Cave of the Combarelles, located at the bottom of a valley at the exit of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in the Dordogne, on the road to Sarlat, is a...

Avenue des Grottes 1-4
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Rouffignac Cave

The Cave of a Hundred Mammoths

Situated in the commune of Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin in Périgord Noir, the cave of Rouffignac, formerly known as the "Cro de...

Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac

Bara-Bahau cave

The bear sanctuary

The Bara-Bahau (or Bara-Bao) cave is one of the Palaeolithic decorated caves in the valley of...

Le Bugue

Grand Roc Cave

An exceptional gem of concretions in the Dordogne

Discovered by Jean Maury on April 29, 1924, the Caves of the Grand Roc were arranged and opened for the visit in 1927 they open to...

route de Périgueux
Les Eyzies

Grotto of Villars

Cave adorned with prehistoric and concretions paintings.

The Villars cave is the only cave in the Périgord to contain both original prehistoric paintings and concretions The river...

The Cluzeau
Villars