Les Eyzies-de-Tayac and Prehistory
Les Eyzies de Tayac is the World’s Capital of Prehistory and has been designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, you can visit the National Prehistory Museum and the shelter of “Cro-Magnon”.
It is the home to a collection of prehistorical sites and artefacts, as well as many archaeological sites and stunning natural elements. This is a land where the beauty of the nature is proportionate to Humanity.
The extra-ordinary accomplished works of art to be found in this cave have given us a unique insight of how our ancestors lived. Over 17,000 years ago Cro-Magnon left us this outstandingly intense collection of cave art that depicts lives of humans at that time. They were not only hunters/gatherers and artists, but also fighters and visionaries.
The Vézère valley
The Vézère valley, from Terrasson to Limeuil, is known for its internationally renowned archeological heritage, thanks to its numerous prehistoric sites. You will encounter many exceptional sites, such as « Font de Gaume » and « Combarelles » caves, the « Reignac » mansion, the troglodytic village of « La Roque St Christophe », the Sorecerer’s cave, the village of La Madeleine…
All along the Dordogne valley, castles such as Monfort, Beynac and Castelnaud, reflect the region’s history. They will take you from the prelude of humanity to the Gallo-Roman era and onto Christianity. The Périgord offers you a complete picture of the architectural evolution.
Sarlat: medieval town
In the heart of the Périgord Noir is the medieval town of Sarlat. With the highest number of classified historical buildings per square metre in Europe, it has been given the title of “City of Art and History”.
Sarlat has often been used for film shootings and has an intense art life.
Its colourful Saturday market is a must. Discover the pedestrian circuit through the old part of town at the tourist office, as it is such a pretty, romantic walk.
More than a thousand and one castles stretching down along the Dordogne river tell the tales of centuries of wars and changing cultures.
Today, the diversity and the richness of this heritage continue to thrive thanks to the Perigordian people. Take a boat trip down the river to catch a glimpse of this precious past…
The stunning beauty of the local landscape will incite you to use the vast range of outdoor facilities; walking, cycling or riding. Try one of the many golf courses nearby or paddle down the Dordogne or the Vezere rivers in a canoe or kayak.