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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Stunning caves with awe-inspiring cave paintings from 20,000 years ago

Visiting the caves at Pech-Merle was a truly moving experience. To see the work of our ancestors so... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2012
Geneva, Switzerland

we wanted to go see caves in france and decided to go see Peche Merle as the cave drawings are... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2011
Joanne S
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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46330 Cabrerets, France
+33 5 65 31 27 05
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Visiting the caves at Pech-Merle was a truly moving experience. To see the work of our ancestors so long ago was awe-inspiring and the natural formations of the caves themselves are a spectacular sight. Our guide, who spoke English and French, was excellent, presenting just...More

Date of experience: June 2011
3  Thank cleoch
Reviewed 29 October 2011

we wanted to go see caves in france and decided to go see Peche Merle as the cave drawings are original (unlike lascaux). We set out from bordeaux on a sunny day , it took us over 3 hours but well worth it. The area...More

Date of experience: October 2011
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

Unlike the other main showcave in this area (Lascaux) visitors are still allowed into the original cave at Pec-h Merle. The 7 caves which are open to the public are spectacular in their own right with beautiful concretions. However, it's the paintings from 25,000 years...More

Date of experience: August 2011
2  Thank tropicopter
Reviewed 12 September 2011

Near the towns of Gramat and Cahors in the Lot District of mid-southeastern France, Pech Merle Grotto exceeds expectations, and rivals the highly respected Lascaux II replica caves near Montignac in the Dordogne. The Pech Merle caverns are the sites where ancient Upper Paleolithic nomadic...More

Date of experience: August 2011
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

The reason I wanted to visit Dordogne region (apart for wine and foie gras)was to see it's caves. I was inspired by book written by Jean Auel's "Earth Children". What can I say Pech Merle exceed my expectations. First of all it's big, much bigger...More

Date of experience: May 2011
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Reviewed 20 August 2007

Pech Merle was the highlight of my visit to the Dordogne and Lot. Without the paintings it would merit rave reviews simply as a show cave, with its spectatcular geological formations. Add to this the cave paintings, and you have a stunning experience. Tours are...More

5  Thank ericb53
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22 May 2018|
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Response from liora5352 | Reviewed this property |
In order to preserve the drawings they allow only 700 visitors per day. In July they are open until 18:00. As it likely to be crowded in July you need to reserve a place on their site. The entry is made by groups escorted by... More
Joanne J
31 May 2017|
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Response from Lorna P | Reviewed this property |
Hi - the trick is to arrive early enough to see the video at the upper level of the attraction. It is subtitled. Otherwise, frankly, the plastic hand out is pretty useless as your guide is pointing stuff out on the walls... More
Barb B
11 April 2017|
Response from Bertrand D | Property representative |
The best place to stop is Bouzies (7 km from the cave, it's the closest). Then you can go to Pech Merle by bike (be careful, the last 2 km go up strong) or by taxi (see Taxi Merle, mobile 06 03 15 41 67). You can also reach... More
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