Font de Gaume (5 km from Le Chevrefeuille)
The awe inspiring prehistoric cave of Font de Gaume is the jewel in the crown of the wealth of prehistoric sites.
Font de Gaume in an attempt to slow the deterioration of the only original color cave art examples left open to public in France. have made the decision not to accept any advance sales of their tours. Tickets are only available by queuing on the day of your intended visit and an early arrival outside the ticket office is a must.
Luckily Le Chèvrefeuille is located just 5 kms from the number one tourist attraction of the Vezere valley, and is only a five minute drive by car to reach it. Furthermore should you let us know that you intend to join the queue, we will be offering a deckchair and a Le Chevrefeuille flask for a hot drink while you wait!
Just another reason to add to the list of why Le Chèvrefeuille is the place to stay.
Located in Les Eyzies, on the Sarlat road, Font de Gaume Cave is a showpiece of Magdalenian engravings and paintings from around 14 000 BC. The flints (chisels, scrapers, blades) and other things found in the cave during the excavations testify to a continual occupation since the Mousterian age, or the age of the Neanderthals.
Discovered in 1901 by D. Peyrony, the Cave, 130 m long, contains about 250 paintings. The visitor can only see 30 of them, the most beautiful ones and the best preserved. After 60 m underground, the “Rubicon” is the beginning of the decorated part of the cave, with red dots on the left wall.