Fodor's Expert Review Grotte du Pech Merle

St-Cirq-Lapopie Cave

Discovered in 1922, the Grotte du Pech Merle displays 4,000 square feet of prehistoric drawings and carvings. Particularly known for its peculiar polka-dot horses, impressions of the human hand, and footprints, this is the most impressive "real" Cro-Magnon cave that is open to the public in France. The admission charge includes a 20-minute film, an hour-long tour, and a visit to the adjacent museum. Tickets are at a premium, with a daily limit of 700 visitors, so for peak summer days book at least one week in advance. If you like cycling, it’s lovely to arrive by bike from St-Cirq-Lapopie.

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Quick Facts

St-Cirq-Lapopie, Occitania  46330, France

05–65–31–27–05

www.pechmerle.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €14, Closed Nov.--Mar.

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