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The Dordogne Sights

Grotte du Pech Merle

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 04/09/2014

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:

  • €10
  • Early Apr.–early Nov., daily 9:30–5; select days in winter (see website)

Updated 04/09/2014


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Jul 21, 2011

Grotte du Pech-Merle Review

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.

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