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Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

Incredible collection of prehistoric paintings of bison, mammoths and horses

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The prehistoric paintings in the Font-de-Gaume caves near Les Eyzies-de-Tayac were discovered at the turn of the 20th century by Denis Peyrony. 

Second only to those found in the caves at Lascaux, they contain over 200 paintings dating back to approximately 15,000 BC. Most incredible is the freeze of five bison discovered by accident during cleaning. These are some of the best known examples of prehistoric art still open to the public. 

Worth knowing

These are the only polychrome frescoes still visible, and it is probably one of the most beautiful painted caves in France.

Watch out for

For the Font de Gaume Cave there are specific restrictions. For conservation reasons, access limited to 80 person/day. No reservation available, all the tickets are sold at the entrance every day for the day.

When to come

Open all year round, daily, except for Saturdays. From mid may to mid September they are open from 09:30 until 17:30 and for the other half of the year (September through the winter until May) from 09:30 to 12:30 and again from 14:00 to 17:30.


Map of the surrounding area