Caves and grottes: caves to visit in south Dordogne and north lot et Garonne
There are a great deal of caves in the Dordogne region - some interesting because of their prehistoric paintings, others because of their interesting rock formations. Some of those in the 'south of the Dordogne' region are listed below:
Domme (Highly Recommended)
Entered directly from the town centre, the caves at Domme are the largest in 'Perigord Noir'. They are also very worth a visit, with a succession of 'rooms' containing fabulous rock formations.
Les Grottes de Lastournelle, near Pujols
Smaller that the caves at Domme, there are seven interlocking caverns to discover. These caves are 10km south of Villeneuve-sur-Lot on the D118, at Sainte-Colombe-de-Villeneuve, not far from Pujols.
Les Grottes de Fontirou, Castella
Another series of caverns south of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, at Castella. There is also mini-golf here!
Les Grottes de Maxange, Le Buisson
Newly discovered in 2000, these caves at Le Buisson de Cadouin are now open to the public. Special focus has been given to the lighting of the formations.
Troglodyte Fort (Recommended), La Roque-Gageac
These are cliff side dwellings, dating from the 12th century, rather than underground caverns, and are found 40 metres up the cliffs at La Roque-Gageac on the Dordogne River.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac (Highly Recommended), Le Bugue
Near Le Bugue, a little north of the Dordogne River at Limeuil, the caves at Proumeyssac are highly renowned. The main feature is the enormous 'Cathedral of Crystal' - a stunning, huge and beautifully lit cavern. You can pay extra and enter by a suspended basket lowered by a horse, the traditional method!
Lascaux II Caves at Montignac
These are outside our area, north of the Dordogne River and about 30km north of Sarlat. However, many visitors think they are worth the journey because of their international repute. Lascaux II is a copy of the majority of the famous prehistoric paintings contained in the original Lascaux caves, 200 metres from Lascaux II.
The copy was made because the original prehistoric paintings were being destroyed by the breath from thousands of visitors. The paintings have been copied in great detail, using original materials and colours.