The Dordogne Sights

Grotte du Pech Merle

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

Discovered in 1922, the Grotte du Pech Merle displays 4,000 square feet of prehistoric drawings and carvings. Particularly known for its peculiar polka-dot horses, impressions of the human hand, and footprints, this is the most impressive "real" Cro-Magnon cave that is open to the public in France. The admission charge includes a 20-minute film, an hour-long tour, and a visit to the adjacent museum. Tickets are at a premium, with a daily limit of 700 visitors, so for peak summer days book at least one week in advance. If you like cycling, it’s lovely to arrive by bike from St-Cirq-Lapopie.

Sight Information


10 km (6 miles) north of St-Cirq-Lapopie, St-Cirq-Lapopie, 46330, France



Sight Details:

  • €11
  • Early Apr.–early Nov., daily 9:30–5; select days in winter (see website)

Published 06/25/2015


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