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Les Eyzies de Tayac

European Capital of Prehistory

Les Eyzies de Tayac is a small town on the lower Vezère in the Black Périgord and one of the most important centres in the Dordogne for those seeking out the fascinating prehistoric remains to be found here.

The valley of the Vézère River which flows into the Dordogne from the north at Limeuil contains many vestiges of the prehistoric societies who lived here during the Paleolithic era or Stone Age.

On the lower reaches of the river at Les Eyzies de Tayac caves cut into sheer walls of rock provided shelter for the families who lived here for many thousands of years. Evidence of habitation has been found in the form of bones, ashes, weapons and tools.

Don’t miss the Musée National de la Préhistoire in the centre of the village near the old castle which contains artifacts etc and also some works of art from the period. Also nearby you will find the Pataud Shelter and the Grottes du Roc de Cazelle.

Market day: Monday

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Les Eyzies: Abri Pataud

The Pataud Shelter at Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies: Café de la Mairie

Pleasant Café at Les Eyzies (l, d €€)

Les Eyzies: Grottes du Roc de Cazelle

Caves of the Roc de Cazelle at Les Eyzies

Les Eyzies: Museum

The Musée National de la Préhistoire

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Photo by Paul Shawcross