Caves and prehistoric sites in France: visitor guides and information

Photo of French caves

You can find caves and prehistoric sites in all areas of France, dating back to the earliest civilisations in Europe. Here we explore some of the most famous and most visited of these cave and sites.

We realise that a cave is not always a prehistoric settlement and a prehistoric settlement is not always a cave...but the two are often the same so we include them all in this section...


Font-de-Gaume (Dordogne)

Font-de-Gaume village

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

See Font-de-Gaume guide

Grotte de Rouffignac (Dordogne)

Grotte de Rouffignac village

The Grotte de Rouffignac contains engravings and drawings of more than 100 mammoths

See Grotte de Rouffignac guide

La-Roque-Saint-Christophe (Dordogne)

La-Roque-Saint-Christophe village

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

See La-Roque-Saint-Christophe guide

Lascaux caves (Dordogne)

Lascaux caves village

The Lascaux Caves are famous worldwide because of the large number of prehistoric cave paintings to be seen

See Lascaux caves guide

Laugerie-Basse (Dordogne)

Laugerie-Basse village

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

See Laugerie-Basse guide

The Grotte du Grand Roc (Dordogne)

The Grotte du Grand Roc village

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

See The Grotte du Grand Roc guide


Filitosa (Corse-du-Sud)

Filitosa village

Filitosa is a rare site of prehistoric engraved megaliths, between Ajaccio and Propriano in Corsica

See Filitosa guide


Gouffre de Padirac (Lot)

Gouffre de Padirac village

The Gouffre de Padirac is the most popular cave system in France

See Gouffre de Padirac guide

Grotte de Lombrives (Ariege)

Grotte de Lombrives village

Not the most famous caves perhaps but the Grotte de Lombrives is the largest cave system in France

See Grotte de Lombrives guide

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