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Les Eyzies is a village in the heart of the Vezere Valley (in the centre of the Dordogne) and within easy access of a great number of prehistoric caves and drawings and remnants. It is because of this, and the beauty of the surrounding natural environment, that the village is a very popular base for visitors exploring this unique region.

Because of the remarkable number of prehistoric sites nearby Les Eyzies calls itself the 'world capital of prehistory'.

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France This Way comment: Les Eyzies is at the heart of a very beautiful region of France and as well as the prehistoric monuments there are numerous cliff and rock formations, surrounded by rivers, hills and tranquil countryside to explore in the vicinity.

Boulder in centre of Les Eyzies village

The village of Les Eyzies is a very small Dordogne village with typical yellow stone houses. Despite its small size, it is said that les Eyzies receives over one million visitors a year. The most popular attractions with visitors include:

- the National Prehistory Museum, housing one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artifacts.

- Abri Pataud, a cro-magnon shelter that is one of the oldest in Europe dating from almost 40,000 years ago


- the cave at Font de Gaume is on the edge of the village of Les Eyzies and contains some of the oldest cave paintings in the world (and the oldest where you can actually see the original paintings, rather than a copy - the paintings are less dramatic than those at Lascaux but the knowledge that you are stood in the exact same place as the original artist gives these paintings a particular poignancy).

In addition to the many caves and cliff settlements to visit in and around Les Eyzies, there are also a number of prehistoric parks in the region recreating life 10,000 years ago. Some are focussed more on childrens entertainment than historical accuracy!

Troglodyte dwellings in Les Eyzies

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The cave-lined Vézère Valley, occupied since prehistory, has now been classified in its entirety as a heritage site by UNESCO. It is interesting to note that it was here at Les Eyzies that so called 'Cro Magnon man' was first discovered, when three skeletons were found towards the end of the 19th century.

As well as Lascaux cave and Font-de-Gaume the cave system of the Grotte de Rouffignac, also know as the cave of a hundred mammoths, is well worth exploring.

You can find more travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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The caves at Font-de-Gaume are one of the last caves in France where the public can still see original cave paintings

Font-de-Gaume guide
The Grotte du Grand Roc

The Grotte du Grand Roc

The Grotte du Grand Roc is a beautiful natural cave system in the Dordogne.

The Grotte du Grand Roc guide


Laugerie Basse is a prehistoric shelter in the Vezere Valley in the Dordogne

Laugerie-Basse guide
Vezere Valley

Vezere Valley

The pretty valley of the Vézère is an important region for its well preserved prehistoric settlements

Vezere Valley guide
Chateau de Commarque

Chateau de Commarque

The Chateau de Commarque is an imposing ruined castle that was 'found' in the forest and has now been cleared and opened to the public.

Chateau de Commarque guide


The prehistoric dwellings built in the cliffs at La Roque-Saint-Christophe are one of the most extensive of their type in France

La-Roque-Saint-Christophe guide

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Address: Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Vallée de l'Homme, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Aquitaine, 24620, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.936, longitude 1.018

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