The caves



Come and discover two of the most famous and most visited underground sites in the world, Lascaux and Padirac. And if you have time left, many other underground wonders await you to reveal the traces of the first men and the natural concretions.



Lascaux IV



The cave of Lascaux, located in the commune of Montignac-Lascaux is one of the most important decorated caves of the Upper Palaeolithic by the number and aesthetic quality of its works. It is sometimes nicknamed the "Sistine Chapel of Parietal Art". The paintings and engravings in the cave have not been able to be dated directly: their age is estimated to be between 19,000 and 17,000 years, based on dating and studies carried out on the objects found in the cave. Most prehistorians attribute them to the ancient Magdalenian, with the exception of a few who prefer the Solutrean that preceded it, or even the Gravettian.

Gouffre de Padirac



The Gouffre de Padirac is the monumental entrance to a natural cavity, located in the Lot, with a dimension of about 35 metres in diameter. At the bottom of this abyss, at a depth of 103 metres, flows an underground river which runs through part of a large network of more than 55 kilometres of development.

Lacave



The caves of Lacave are a group of caves located near the Dordogne valley, in the commune of Lacave in the north-western part of the Lot department. The most interesting rooms and galleries of the caves of Lacave can be reached from the Jouclas cave by a small underground electric train. On a round trip of 1,600 m, you pass along numerous lakes and concretions as well as rooms, the two most impressive of which are one with a dome height of 60 m, and the other with a surface area of 2,000 m2, illuminated dimly by ultra violet light so as to bring out the natural fluorescence of certain concretions.