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.
10 km (6 miles) north of St-Cirq-Lapopie, St-Cirq-Lapopie, 46330, France
Jul 21, 2011
Extensive caves with the original prehistoric art and some amazing rock formations makes for an excellent day out in the area when combined with the nearby St Cirque Lapopie. Very easy to book in advance over internet via the official website thus avoiding queues.