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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac

The main base for visiting many of the region’s prehistoric painted caves is Les Eyzies-de-Tayac,a one-street village lined with gift shops and foie gras outlets. There are more prehistoric caves around Les Eyzies than you could possibly hope to visit in one day; in addition, the compulsory tours are tiring, so it’s best to just do a couple rather than attempt them all. In town, it’s worth visiting the excellent Musée National de Préhistoire, which contains many important prehistoric artefacts found in the various caves in the region. Look out for the oil lamp from Lascaux and the exhibits from La Madeleine, to the north of Les Eyzies, including a superb bas-relief of a bison licking its flank.