Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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02 July 2024  |  Tourism, Architecture, Culture

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, the world capital of prehistory

In the heart of the Vézère valley, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is a must-see destination for lovers of prehistory, history and spectacular natural landscapes.

This village in Périgord Noir, in the Dordogne, is full of archaeological treasures and natural wonders to discover that will delight young and old. In this article, we take you to discover the Eyzies, with essentials and well-kept secrets.

A Preserved Prehistoric Heritage

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is renowned for its exceptional concentration of prehistoric sites. Here are some of the most emblematic sites:

National Museum of Prehistory

Start your visit with the National Museum of Prehistory, which houses one of the richest collections of prehistoric objects in the world. You will discover tools, sculptures, and fossils, testifying to the lives of the Cro-Magnon men who inhabited the region about 40,000 years ago.

Discover the opening hours: https://musee-prehistoire-eyzies.fr/

Font-de-Gaume Cave

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Font-de-Gaume cave is famous for its polychrome paintings dating from the Magdalenian era. The representations of animals, including bison and horses, are remarkably well preserved.

Find all the information about the Font-de-Gaume Cave here: https://www.sites-les-eyzies.fr/decouvrir/grotte-de-font-de-gaume.

Cro-Magnon Shelter

A place of discovery of the Cro-Magnon man in 1868, this shelter is an emblematic site that offers a fascinating overview of the first modern men. A small museum on site tells the story of this capital discovery.

Beautiful troglodyte sites and landscapes

Beautiful troglodyte sites and landscapes

La Roque Saint-Christophe

A few kilometers from the Eyzies, La Roque Saint-Christophe is a limestone cliff one kilometer long and 80 meters high, which houses troglodyte dwellings and fortifications. A guided tour will immerse you in the fascinating history of this inhabited site from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Troglodytic Village of the Madeleine

Another remarkable site is the troglodyte village of the Madeleine, which offers a bird's eye view of the Vézère. This site is a perfect example of human adaptation to difficult geographical conditions.

Local restaurants and markets

Les Eyzies offer several restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Périgourd cuisine. Don't miss to taste traditional dishes such as duck confit or Périgord salad.

Local markets

Visit the Eyzies market to taste fresh and local products: foie gras, truffles, nuts, cheeses, and wines from the region. It is the ideal place to bring back some gourmet memories.

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