Visit Les Eyzies
Up to a million visitors per year (to this village of 900 inhabitants) ensure that Les Eyzies is often rather busy. Les Eyzies is in the heart of the Vezere Valley and surrounded by many, many caves and prehistoric drawings and remnants - including some of the most beautiful to be seen in Europe - and other prehistoric attractions.
Indeed, the cave-lined Vézère valley has been classified as a heritage site by UNESCO. It was near to Les Eyzies that CroMagnon man was discovered (the three skeletons were discovered at the end of the 19th century, as well as the cave paintings at Font de Gaume, one of the last prehistoric cave-painting sites that is still open to the public.
Things to do in Les Eyzies
Les Eyzies really is at the centre of a very beautiful area, with the many cliff and rock formations, and surrounded by rivers, hills and tranquil countryside. It is also home to the National Prehistory Museum which houses one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artifacts.
Just a couple of hundred metres from the National Prehistory museum is Abri Pataud, a cro-magnon shelter dating back almost 40,000 years.
Visitors now frequently use the town as a base for exploring the region. The town itself lies mostly along a main street with the cliffs looming up above the village. The houses and shops are a pleasant mix of stone and collombage (half-timber) and have a reasonable number of bars and restaurants for anyone planning to visit or use the town as a base for visiting the area.
There are numerous caves to visit in and around Les Eyzies, plus a number of prehistoric parks (perhaps more for the children...) for a glimpse of what life was really like in the Dordogne 10,000 years ago.
The caves of Font de Gaume, Lascaux and the Grotte du Grand-Roc are amongst the most important of the nearby caves. See Les Eyzies caves for more details of the more important caves and prehistoric settlements.
Map of Les Eyzies & places to visit nearbyCampagne 3km
Les Eyzies caves 4km
Grotte du Grand Roc 4km
Saint Cyprien 4km
Font de Gaume 4km
Gouffre de Proumeyssac 5km
Chateau de Commarque 6km
Le Bugue 7km
The Aquarium 7km
Le Bournat 7km
Grotte de Bara Bahau 7km
Coux et Bigaroque 8km
Maison Forte de Reignac 8km
Les Jardins de Planbuisson 10km
Les Grottes de Maxange 10km
This page in French: Les Eyzies (version Francais)