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Grotte du Pech-Merle, Cabrerets

Categories: Caves, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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At Grotte du Pech-Merle, one of the few of Upper Paleolithic caves in France still open to the public, view children's footprints preserved in what was once clay, over 0.8 km (0.5 mi) underground. Amidst the stalagmites, stalactites, and other natural formations, view iconic cave paintings of spotted horses and woolly mammoths. Red handprints reach out to you from prehistoric times. Plexiglas protects the paintings and prints, but you can still come within inches of these remnants of the Gravettian culture, which was in existence around 25,000 BCE. English tours must be booked in advance, and slots fill up quickly. The drive to get here is long, on steep, one-lane country roads. Using our online itinerary creator, Cabrerets attractions like Grotte du Pech-Merle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I had purchased tickets ahead of time and allowed an hour and a half to travel here from our lodging near Toulouse. It took at least two hours. The signage is pretty good, but this is definitely a pla...  read more »
  • Don't miss this cave! It's worth the trip. Also, you are near the Medieval town of Rocomadour and several more popular tourist towns. 
  • Pech Merle has some of the best pre-historic cave paintings and sketches/drawings both in black and a few laced with red. A lot of variety. Plus great stalactite/stalagmite and other formations. Very ...  read more »
  • The cave of Pech Merle is a spectacular prehistoric site, where ancient cave paintings can be visited in a spectacular environment that would be worth visiting in itself. Make sure you wear warm clothing as the caves are cold!
  • Very well done. Cave tours highlighting the history and showing the paintings from the cave dwellers. Tour takes an hour, dress warmly.
  • We visited this cavern in mid June, it was incredible. The site is so well preserved and clean and the tour (in french only) was very informative. The guide was very nice and explained some items for us. It was mind-bogling to think that people were doing these paintings thousands of years before the caves were found. The coolest thing was an oak tree whose roots go thru the ceiling of the cave and then drop about 60 feet to the floor. Well worth the entrance fee.
  • It was well worth it to see the real thing.
  • Superb! To combine with the visit, for example, of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, where the Célé Valley. In summer especially, you must book by phone, preferably 2 days in advance. Do not forget to take "a small wool"!
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