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5 Caves to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the largest region of France with an area of 84,035.7 kilometer square. Tourism is an important sector in a region with significant assets, starting with a mild and sunny climate, wine tourism, many heritage sites, sandy beaches for surfers, and mountains for skiers.

Gouffre de Proumeyssac
Gouffre de ProumeyssacGouffre de Proumeyssac, 24260 Audrix, France

The Proumeyssac gulf is a natural cavity in the town of Audrix, in Dordogne, in the department of Dordogne, in region New Aquitaine. It is open to visitors. Among the natural sites of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the site ranks fifth in terms of tourist attendance in 2018 with 131,036 visitors.

Grotte de Font-de-Gaume
Grotte de Font-de-Gaume1-4 Avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies, France

The cave of Font-de-Gaume is an ornate French cave located in the former commune of Eyzies-de-Tayac, in the Dordogne department. Its walls have more than 200 Magdalenian engravings and paintings. It is among the last major decorated caves in France with polychrome works, which are open to the public. The works are comparable in their richness to those of Arcy-sur-Cure, Altamira or Lascaux , even if their state of conservation is much less.

Grotte du Grand Roc
Grotte du Grand RocRoute de Périgueux, 24620 Les Eyzies, France

The Grand Roc cave is located on the territory of the French commune of Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in Périgord Noir. the particularity of the Grand Roc lies in its extraordinary eccentric formations which give the impression of evolving in a "mineral forest". Throughout the tour, it is only a tangle of crystallizations of great diversity: stalagmites, eccentric concretions, fistulas , gours, triangles, columns, draperies, etc.

Lascaux
LascauxLascaux, 24290 Montignac, France

Lascaux is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac. It houses some of the most famous examples of prehistoric cave paintings. There are around 600 paintings which are mostly of animals. Besides these paintings, which represent most of the major images, there are also around 1400 engravings of a similar order which are dated to c. 17,000 – c. 15,000 BCE.

Rouffignac Cave
Rouffignac CaveRouffignac Cave, 24580 Fleurac, France

Rouffignac Cave is one of the largest caves which was located in the Dordogne département which contains around, which contains over 250 engravings and cave paintings dating back to the Upper Paleolithic. There is over 8 km of underground caverns and tunnels which was open to the public. Visitors are taken to the prehistoric art on an electric train and a journey deep into the cave that lasts about an hour.

Map of Caves to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine