Fodor's Expert Review Grotte de Combarelles
Want an up-close look at Cro-Magnon cave drawings? Those at les Combarelles are considered among the best in the world. Although traces of pigments have been found, the colors have long since vanished, leaving the sinuous graven outlines of woolly mammoths, cave bears, lions, and astonishingly lifelike reindeer. There are well over 600 drawings all told, and seeing them is an almost mystical experience, especially since only 40 people are admitted per day.
Hour-long tours are available in English at 11:15; guides on other tours may speak English, but it’s the luck of the draw. Note: This is not a spot for the claustrophobic—the winding 1,000-foot long cavern is 6½ feet tall and, at most, 3 feet wide.