Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Travel Guide

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Things to Do

  • Grottes du Roc de Cazelle

    The site Roc de Cazelle is a prehistoric park with rock shelters, dwellings and caves. When you follow the circuit, you will first see scenes from the live during the Stone Age and learn what they ate, how the hunted etc. Then in the cliff you will pass a tunnel and find some caves and terraces, and get information on the live during the Middle...

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  • Grotte du Grand Roc

    The Grotte du Grand Roc is a cave near Les Eyzies. It was discovered in 1924 and is found half-way up a cliff above the Vezère river. It’s not a large cave, but there are many dripstones and crystallizations which makes it worth a visit. You will find lots of different concretions, like triangles and eccentrics. I found it very interesting to see...

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  • Maison Forte de Reignac

    The Maison Forte de Reignac is a fortified manor house which is built in the cliffs and dates from the 14th century. This cliff castle was larger than I thought and had many rooms that you could visit. We got some information about this place in German that we had to return and then could visit the castle at our own pace. It was nice to explore all...

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  • La Roque Saint Christophe

    La Roque Sainte Christophe is a cliff with huge cave dwellings. It’s pretty huge, the limestone cliff is 1 km long and there had been 5 levels. It’s like a town, really impressive. Already in prehistoric times, people had lived there, probably first the Neandertaler, then the Cro-Magnon. In medieval times, half-timbered walls were added and houses...

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  • Château de Commarque

    The Château de Commarque is a ruined castle on a hill, overlooking the Beune valley. It was inhabited from the 12th to 17th century, but already in the Stone Age people had lived at that site. There’s a cave with a prehistoric painting which is not open to public. But there are some cave dwellings in the rock below the castle that you can visit....

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  • The National Museum of Prehistory - Part...

    The NMP is one of the best museums devoted to prehistory on the planet, although it naturally concentrates on prehistory to be found on French soil with little else given much attention other than in a general setting. Nevertheless, the scale and detail of the interpretation is awesome, to the extent that it may just be too much detail for many...

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  • National Museum of Prehistory

    Housed in the castle above the town and built into the rock, the Museum houses displays of finds from the area of prehistoric man.Although well laid out the contents are rather sparse for the grandiose entrance and entrance fee!I can't say that I learned too much.Outside overlooking the town is a large statue of a prehistoric man, who bears an...

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  • Enter the Prehistory Museum

    The first floor of the museum is devoted to the technics used by primitive man to make both artistic and utilitarian objects before metal instruments were devised. The second floor contains the objects by period and subject. The earliest fertility figures look crude but may be ritualistic exaggerations since other carvings show graceful female...

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  • Go to the National Museum of Prehistory

    The Musee National de Prehistorie is in the old castle of Tayac which the Barons of Beynac built (11,12, &16 C) under an overhang on the side of a cliff looking down on Eyzies. Standing at the front door is a statue of Prehistoric Man (by Darde). Frm this platform one can see not only the town, but parts of the Vezere and Beune rivers. Looking up...

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  • Visit the Cave of Font-de-Game

    It is like the other caves but is more accessible and close to town. It requires a reserved admission and you would be lucky indeed to be able take the next tour when you arrive. So be prepared as we were to reserve our visit later during the day. (We were at the office when it opened). (See our Introduction). After climbing a path for about 440...

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  • Canoe the Vezere River

    Les Eyzies de Tayac –Cliffs/caves of Cro-Magnon man along the Vezere River. Le Ferme de Tayac: This was our 2nd base B&B, which is an 1100 AD Abbey.There are several buildings which are all restored and full of fun antiques. Giant lounge rooms for reading and music. Not a TV in the place. There is a large swimming pool, hammocks to nap in, and...

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  • Exhibition at the National Museum of...

    During the summer of 2006 (14th June to 13th November) , there is an excellent temporary exhibition on the large fauna found in the south of France during Palaeolithic times, including lions, hyenas, sabre-toothed tigers, wolves, bears, rhinocerous, and mammoth.Entry is included with the ticket price.During the year, there are free themed talks, in...

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  • The National Museum of Prehistory - Part...

    The MNP arranges a lot of activities connected with prehistory in the region, and it is worth contacting the museum if these kinds of activities are interesting, as reservations are usually needed.The activities include:Explanation of prehistoric cultures – 1 hours 30 minutes every day (except Saturday) at 11am and 4pm in French and at 2pm in...

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  • The National Museum of Prehistory - Part...

    Much use is made of short videos to demonstrate and explain different aspects of both the prehistoric cultures and the archaeological methodologies used to discover and interpret these cultures. These videos and the display panels are all in French, but in each section there are English language sheets that can be borrowed and read while you go...

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  • L'Abris Pataud - Part II

    This is a fascinating site if you already have a good understanding of both prehistory and archaeological methods, but if not, it may be possible to slip into the museum only which is definitely worth a visit. The shelter itself is fascinating but very ‘scientific’: if you want the romance of a prehistoric site, walk 350 metres north towards the...

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Off The Beaten Path

  • See the Romanesque Church at Tursac

    On our way from Rouffignac to La Roque Christophe we went through Tursac (onD706) and stopped briefly to look at the 12C Romanesque church with its heavy central bell tower above the west entrance which is graced by simple carvings above the similarly decorated lintel. The church has a series of small domes as its original typical Perigord vaulting...

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  • Look At La Roque St.-Christophe

    The cliff (roque) rises along the bank of the Vezere (actually hollowed out by it ages ago). It has rising inclined strata that the ancient humans could climb and obstruct. In a safe area they used or enlarged existing cavities and caverns in the cliff as shelters (like a sort of bee-hive). This began about 20,000 BC. The National Museum at Eyzies...

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  • See What Is On the Rouffignac Cave Walls

    The cave is 5 km aouth of town of Rouffignac (marked). It has been known for centuries and has extensive extensions chambers and galleries. The wall paintings and engravings were only discovered in 1956. They have been determined to be late Magdalenian (10,000BC) but a few are thought be much older, the earliest works in the area.. The tour is over...

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kate-Me Written Jul 9, 2006

    We took the 2 hour, 9 or 10 km canoe hire on the Vezere river at Les Eyzies with Loisirs Evasion - well worth the trip. Cost us about 13E each. There are at least 2 other canoe companies offering Canoeing (at a similar price) so we just picked the one which was closest to our accommodation.
    You are driven several kms up river by mini bus, then dropped off with your canoe to make your way downstream with the current back to Les Eyzies.
    A great experience, and easy for beginners too

    Equipment: Life jackets are included, and a plastic barrel with lid to store your possessions in while on the river (not that we even got wet, but for just in case, I guess)

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  • Prehistoric timelines

    Having a basic understanding of the timeline is a useful reference for visiting the prehistoric sites in the Vezere valley (and anywhere else): it can allget terribly confusing. It’s best to forget terms such as Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon as these are rather arbitrary terms that were used before somany sites were discovered.Several guidebooks...

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  • Prehistory in the Vezere Valley

    The prehistory of the Vezere Valley is one of the great treasures in France, if not Europe, but it is important not to expect everwhere to be like the spectacular art gallery of Lascaux. The reason Lascaux is so famous is simply because of its uniqueness. Although there are almost one hundred sites in the Vezere and surrounding valleys, many are...

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