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“Not to be missed”

Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Pech Merle Cave and Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Visit from Sarlat
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Cabrerets
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
Reviewed June 25, 2014

It is a a rare honor to be able to view the prehistoric cave paintings at Pech-Merle. While Lascaux has been closed in order to preserve the paintings, Pech-Merle allows up to 700 visitors a day to see art that was created some 30,000 years ago.

One can only view the caves in guided tours. There is 1 daily tour in English.

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

In a secluded location, this grotte offers an amazing journey through time. In building this cave, nature did a great job and we have the pleasure of discovering it. The paintings and guide explanation were good and very useful, if you speak French.....

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Wow. If you have always wanted to see cave paintings, I don't think you could possibly be disappointed here. We easily made reservations online ahead of time. I chose the last tour of the day because we were driving in from another city and wanted to give ourselves enough time to get there. We don't speak French. I knew at the time of booking that I was reserving a French-only tour, but it didn't matter to us. The cave paintings were astonishingly beautiful. And they gave us laminated booklets in English that we could read now and then when there was enough light. To make sure you do not miss your reservation, plan ahead with whatever local maps you can find because cell phone reception disappeared on the way, and the signs were very spotty. (Maybe we took a wrong turn and ended up in an area with spotty signs.) We drove in from Vers and after the cave tour drove to St. Cirq Lapopie and somewhere through there we passed the famous Chateaux des Anglais ( http://www.saint-cirqlapopie.co.uk/heritage/chateaux/chateaux-des-anglais ) which was another splendid sight. There is a picnic area to wait in and a nice bathroom and little museum and gift shop. I don't remember if there was food available to purchase. We brought sandwiches and ate them while we waited for our tour to start.

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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Recently we stayed in the beautiful Cele valley, mid-way between Cahors and Figeac. Although we had already visited the fabulous Gouffre de Padirac, near Rocamadour, a couple of days later, we decided to visit the 'local' Grotte du Peche Merle, only expecting a small cave. How wrong we were! It was an AMAZING experience with wonderful stalactites and stalagmites and several 25,000 year-old rock drawings and hand prints.

Afterwards we had a very reasonably priced lunch on the terrace of the La Roue restaurant in nearby Cabrerets. Excellent and creative food, wonderfully presented!

Do go and enjoy...

2  Thank manegre
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

A lovely relaxed visit to these beautiful caves. You can book the limited places online, unlike some other caves where you have to turn up. We were in a small group for a tour in English with a charming guide. The caves are breathtaking as a natural phenomenon and the cave paintings were unbelievably lovely and moving. It seemed so personal and close, yet 10's of thousands of years ago. The museum is well-laid out and worth a visit. We particularly enjoyed the long timeline that puts our only bit of history well and truly into perspective. fascinating place.

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