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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Address: 46330 Cabrerets, France
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+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Sun - Mon 14:00 - 16:00
Fri 14:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.

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Paintings. Engravings. Geology. It's wonderful. Moving. And surprisingly intimate. The negative hand took our breath away.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
Machias, Maine
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Machias, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Paintings. Engravings. Geology. It's wonderful. Moving. And surprisingly intimate. The negative hand took our breath away.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This cave has it all, the stalactites, polychrome paintings of horses, mammoths, aurochs, ibex, lion, rhinos, and footprints of teenage caveman. This cave is 10,000 years older than Lascaux and still the original paintings. The Lot valley is great driving and scenery.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

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 place you have to want to go. Our tour was in French, and we were provided a handout in English. The cave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

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 unique and likely to be closed eventually to preserve from human contact. Good guide presentations and guidebook very helpful as our tour was in French and I don't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Good to go here before lascaux2. These caves are older than lascaux and not reproductions. Would have been easier if more English was spoken.the written materials were adequate. Who knew so many animals were here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Forget Lascaux with its facsimile cave - this is the real thing! Small groups with personal guides take you through caves that were already fully formed 29,000 years ago. You see real paintings in colour and it is with a sense of awe and wonder that you follow in the exact footsteps that cro-magnon man made all those thousands of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The Paleolithic art in this cave is truly breathtaking. Older than most of the other caves that are still open to the public, Peche Merle is an amazing experience. The spotted horses is probably the most famous of the art in Peche Merle but there are other wonders that are just as extraordinary, particularly the intricate boar's head. I can't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

The cave itself is as extraordinary and almost as much worth visiting as the cave art it contains. Felt very privileged to have been one of the strictly limited numbers they permit to visit. Jean-Luc our guide spoke excellent English and was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about cave art. Such a wonderful place to go, and such a lovely person... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

On a recent trip to the south of France we decided to visit Pech Merle. I'm not sure what I expected, but I was absolutely blown away by the drawings and the history, not to mention the archeology. We booked a tour in English and I'm sure that our guide was one of the research scientists studying the cave, and... More 

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