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04 July 2024  |  Tourism, Culture

Montignac, in the heart of the Vézère valley and prehistory

Located in the Périgord Noir, Montignac is a charming village crossed by the Vézère, best known for housing one of the greatest treasures of prehistoric art: the Lascaux cave. Montignac offers a multitude of historical, cultural and natural attractions which make this village an unmissable destination in the Dordogne. In this article, we take you to discover Montignac, from its prehistoric riches to its picturesque atmosphere.

The Lascaux Cave: a window into Prehistory

Lascaux IV: International Center for Cave Art

The Lascaux cave, discovered in 1940, is often referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistory". Although the original cave is closed to the public for conservation reasons, you can discover its magnificent reproductions at the Center International de l'Art Parietal, also known as Lascaux IV. This state-of-the-art center offers a faithful recreation of the cave and uses cutting-edge technologies to provide an immersive and educational experience.

Montignac, charm and authenticity

Montignac has cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. It is a pleasant picturesque village which invites you to stroll. You can cross the bridge which spans the Vézère to admire the banks lined with old houses and enjoy the view of the village. The Montignac-Lascaux bridge, burned in 1580 by Protestants, was rebuilt then swept away by the floods of 1620. The current bridge, built between 1766 and 1777, replaced the ferry used for 150 years.

Nestled upstream of the Vézère valley, Montignac-Lascaux is the ideal starting point for a canoe trip down the Vézère. For the more sporty, 44km await you to the village of Limeuil.

Montignac market

The Montignac market is the perfect opportunity to discover the local products of Périgord Noir: Foie gras, truffles, nuts, and wines from the region are in the spotlight. This lively market is a real treat for the senses and a place to meet local producers.

Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens

Visit the Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens church, a Romanesque building whose construction dates back to the 12th century. Its architecture and serene atmosphere add charm to the village.

Hikes and walks

The surrounding area of ​​Montignac offers numerous hiking trails that will take you through lush green forests, rolling hills and spectacular views of the Vézère valley. Walking enthusiasts will find routes suitable for all levels.

Le Thot, historical park

A few kilometers from Montignac, Le Thot will be a perfect complement to a visit to Lascaux. This prehistoric park offers interactive exhibits and educational workshops to learn more about the lives of Cro-Magnon men. You will also find life-size reproductions of prehistoric animals there.

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Local specialties of the region

Montignac is full of restaurants and inns where you can taste Périgord cuisine. The local specialties of the region are duck confit, duck breast, Sarladaise potatoes, and porcini mushrooms. Don't miss out on tasting the nut-based desserts, another local specialty.

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Amélie Roca

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