Grottes de Villars

GEOLOGICAL AND PREHISTORIC HERITAGE
The Villars Caves are unique in the Périgord for having both original prehistoric paintings and concretions.
The underground river has hollowed out vast halls connected by galleries. Take the tour to one of the most beautiful natural decors created by seeping water. Its 600 metres of easily walkable corridors and galleries let you appreciate the splendour of the caves.
All the vaults, walls and floors are covered with calcite, stalactites, stalagmites, slabs, pillars, and exotic shapes. All types of concretions at every turn in this amazing world.
Cave art is also well represented. The prehistoric part is decorated with 19,000-year-old paintings. Some, like the horses rotunda, are covered with a fine layer of calcite that gives them a very distinctive blue hue. The “bison and the wizard” scene is one of the rare representations of humans in prehistoric art.
The tour continues outside in the Cro Magnon garden. This vast fun and educational park allows the entire family to better understand Cro Magnon Man and his environment (takes about 1 hour).

 


Free games books for kids.
Come test your prehistoric painting and hunting talent by participating in the activities (no price supplement).
Prehistoric painting and spear-throwing activities.
Easter Wednesday and All Saints’ Day holidays 2pm to 5pm.
Monday and Friday afternoons from 10 July to 28 August 2pm to 6pm.

LA GROTTE DE VILLARS
24530 Villars
Tél. 05 53 54 82 36
contact@grotte-villars.com
www.grotte-villars.com


> GUIDED TOURS

ENJOY AND UNWIND IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
In a preserved natural environment you will find:

• Large free parking lot, accessible to coaches.
• Reception/information building
• Shop, ice cream, bar, sheltered patio, snacks in summer.
• Picnic area with wooden picnic tables.
• Picnic room.
• Equipped playground for kids.

Hiking trails let you explore the surrounding woods.

Open daily from 1 April to 11 November.
Open 1 March to 30 November for pre-booked groups.
April, May, June, September: 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 7pm
July, August: 10am to 7:30pm
October, November: 2pm to 6pm
Last tour starts 30 minutes before reception closes.