Les Eyzies Caves and Grottes


Les Eyzies | Caves and Grottes

Pre-Historic Caves and Grottes Near Les Eyzies

L’abri Pataud Les Eyzies | Dordogne

L’abri Pataud cave is in the centre of Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac and was lived in by pre-historic Cro-Magnon between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago. Many of the items found during archeological digs can be seen in the neighbouring museum of pre-histoy. which show cases many pre-historic artifacts.

Grotte de Font de Gaume Les Eyzies | Dordogne

The Font de Gaume cave, just over 1 km east of Les Eyzies on the D47 has a superb collection of pre-historic paintings. To protect the pre-historic paintings visitor numbers in the cave are limited and in peak season it is best to make a reservation before visiting these caves. It is advisable to book ahead if you wish to visit this cave and grottes.

L’Abri du Cap Blanc near Les Eyzies | Dordogne

9 km east of Les Eyzies this pre-historic natural rock shelter contains frieze of pre-historic horses and bison. It is considered to be the best example of sculpture of the Middle Magdalenian period in France.

Grotte de Combarelles near Les Eyzies | Dordogne

This pre-historic cave, 3km north-east of Les Eyzies contains engravings of pre-historic animals and some human figures .

Les Grottes du Roc de Cazelle Les Eyzies | Dordogne

Also to the east of Les Eyzies are caves and grottes of les Grottes du roc de Cazelle which were lived in by pre-historic man and then turned into a fortified house in the Middle Ages.

La Grotte de Bernifal Les Eyzies | Dordogne

This pre-historic cave and grottes is home to both pre-historic paintings and stalactites and stalagmites. It is only open from July to September.South of Les Eyzies.

Grotte de Bara Bahau near Les Eyzies | Dordogne

Pre-Historic cave and grottes system 2km north of Le Bugue, with lots of animal pictures carved into the walls.

Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac near Les Eyzies | Dordogne

A wonderful natural cave and grottes full of stalactites and stalagmites.

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North of Les Eyzies

Grotte du Grand Roc Les Eyzies | Dordogne

A few kilometres north-west of Les Eyzies the pre-historic Grottes du Grand Roc caves contain amazing stalactites and stalagmites.

Laugerie-Basse NW Les Eyzies | Dordogne

North-west of Les-Eyzies and adjacent to the Grottes du Grand Roc, Laugerie Basse is a pre-historic cave type shelter used by Cro-Magnon man.

Les abris de Castel-Merle (near Les Eyzies Dordogne)

There are several pre-historic shelters, some containing engravings and sculptures. There is also a museum on-site.

L’abri de la Madelaine (near Les Eyzies Dordogne)

Another pre-historic shelter.

Le Conquil | Dordogne

Le Conquil is a park with troglodyte dwellings. It also has a dinosaur park for children and a tree adventure course.

Le Thot | Dordogne

Le Thot are not caves, grottes or a troglodyte dwelling but it is a centre of interest for the Cro-Magnon period. There is an excellent museum of pre-history including some copies of paintings from the Lascaux caves that cannot be seen at Lascaux II. There is also a park with animal species related to those which roamed the earth at the same time as Cro-Magnon man.

Le Préhistoparc de Tursac (near Les Eyzies Dordogne)

Again not a cave or grotte but a park presenting scenes of interest related to Cro-Magnon man.