The Lascaux Cave is certainly the most beautiful decorated cave of the Paleolithic. Sometimes referred to as “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory”, it is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site of the Vézère Valley. For reasons of preservation it may no longer be visited. A superb facsimile opened in 2016 at the International Centre for Cave Painting in Montignac to present an almost complete copy of the original site to the public.

Another site nearby testifies to human presence in the region during prehistory: the Regourdou. In this former cave whose ceiling collapsed, excavations have revealed remains of Neanderthal men and bears. The site is now prepared for visits and includes a bear park and a museum.

Crédit photos : © Dan Courtice