Les Eyzies de Tayac

 It is commonplace for Les Eyzies de Tayac to be introduced as the world’s Prehistoric Capital and the numerous painted caves and, particularly, the proliferation of rock shelters only confirm this notion. The most varied prehistoric, and historic, styles and periods are represented, making Les Eyzies de Tayac the archetypal town for travelling through the past. This vast, motionless promenade enables us to appreciate more thoroughly the passing of prehistoric time. From La Micoque to Laugerie-Basse, from 300,000 to 5000 years B.C., prehistory at Les Eyzies lasted one hundred and fifty times longer than the Christian era.


Even if you only have a passing interest in prehistoric times, Les Eyzies de Tayac would be worth a visit. if only for its site. At the confluence of the Vezere and the Beune. the little village. out of which rises an old castle converted into a museum. clings to the bottom of tall cliffs containing shelters, caves and troglodyte dwellings. crowned with green oaks and juniper trees. Having crossed the Vezere. a little road which winds between the river and the rocks follows the prehistoric “Royal road” an unimaginable succession of caves and shelters in an impressive framework of cliffs.

The chalk uplands which surround Les Eyzies are rich in flint, crisss-crossed with dozens of secret clefts and valleys, dominated by cliffs with hidden caves made fine hunting country for prehistoric man. Solid natural materials abound for making weapons and tools, and the shelter of the rock formations made the Périgord a perfect place to live. 100,000 years ago neanderthal man walked the valley of the Dordogne and left sufficient remains to make it a focal point of prehistory. Although he was named after the small valley in Germany where, in 1856, bines were found that fit his description, it was at Le Moustier, near Les Eyzies, that archaeologists first catalogued his weapons and tools. 

The oldest human skeletal remains found in the Dordogne are of Neanderthal Man. The Moustier site yielded three complete skeletons another was found at Le Rigourdou, and at La Ferrassie, near Le Bugue, seven were unearthed, including some young children’s. These skeletons reveal that Neanderthal Man rarely lived to the age of thirty, and had Sophisticated burial rites involving funeral ceremonies. In some cases. the bodies were placed in dug graves and covered with earth, stones or slabs. Such respect for the dead must surely indicate that Neanderthal Man was capable of Philosophical reflection and perhaps a belief in an after life.



Tourist Info

19, rue de la Préhistoire
Tel : 00 335 53 06 97 05 – Fax : 00 335 53 06 90 79
E-mail : contact@leseyzies.com

Opening hours

From 1st /10 to 31st /3
– open from Monday to Saturday: 9-12 / 2-6

From 1st /4 to 31st /5
– open from Monday to Saturday: 9-12 / 2-6
and on Sunday: 10-12 / 2-5

July and August
– open from Monday to Saturday: 9-7
and on Sunday: 10-12 / 2-6

June and September
– open from Monday to Sunday: 9-6
and on Sunday: 10-12 / 2-5


ATM machine or ticket machine
cyber cafe
bicycle rental


By road:
From Paris A10/A20
From Lyon A47/A89
From Bordeaux A89
From Marseille A55/A9/N9/N140/N89
From Nantes A83/D948/N10/D939//N89

By air:
Airport Périgueux-Bassillac: 00 335 53 02 79 70
Airport Bergerac-Roumazières: 00 335 53 57 00 09
T.A.T. Airport Brive (Corrèze): 00 335 55 86 88 36
Airport Bordeaux-Mérignac: 00 335 56 34 50 50

By train:
Train station in Les Eyzies, line Périgueux – Agen: 00 335 53 06 97 22
or enquiry office for travellers: 00 338 36 35 35 35.
A daily train for Périgueux and Sarlat
and everyday a train for Paris.

By bus:
Voyages Rey : 24260 Le Bugue – Tel: 00 335 53 07 27 22 – Fax :00 335 53 54 11 69


B&B Ferme de Tayac is just 10 min. walk from the center of Les Eyzies and 3 min. from the train station