Prehistoric attractions

The neighbouring small town of les Eyzies is known as the Prehistoric Capital. This is because the town is surrounded by the rock caves that our forefathers inhabited. People were still living in caves here until the 1950s!

Prehistoric Caves

The many famous caves in the immediate vicinity of Château Marzac are not to be missed. The Musée National de la Préhistoire shows the development of humanity and life at the time of the Cro-Magnon. Details of opening hours and guided tours are available on 0553 064 545.

La Madelaine
From the château estate itself you can see the ancient village of La Madelaine (phone 0553 463 688)

Font de Gaume
In Grotte de Font de Gaume you can enjoy some very well-preserved cave paintings (phone 0553 068 600).

Roc de Cazelle
Along the rivers Beune and Vézère you will find the rock area (phone 0553 594 609)

Grotte de Bernifal
(phone 0553 296 639)


Caves farther away

About one hour from Marzac you will findthe Lascaux caves with their famous cave paintings.

is a terraced village with only 614 inhabitants. It has an amazing atmosphere with steep streets that all run up to the castle above the town. Visit or call the local tourist office on 0565 332 200 for more information.

Gouffre de Padirac
About one and a half hours' drive from Marzac, you can take an underground boat trip and see the impressive dripstone caves and cave paintings (phone 0565 336456).

If you are interested in literature, you will enjoy the essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne's spirit in the library in Château de Montaigne. Here Montaigne lived and wrote the essays that made him famous worldwide. In July and August you can go on a Tour Historique de Montaigne (phone 0553 586 393).

Château's and Bastions

Les Milandes
You can still visit les Milandes, the singer Josephine Baker's château, where she lived together with her many children (, phone 0553 593 121). Today, the castle is a museum for the singer Josephine Baker, and there is also a special sanctuary for eagles close to the castle.

Beynac - Cazenac - Marquyssac
Beynac-et-Cazenac is where Richard the Lionheart fought his battles. Beynac-et-Cazenac, Les Milandes, Catelnaud and Marquyssac are all close enough for you to see on the same day.

The town of Domme boasts a 13th. century bastide with fortified gates and towers. This is a beautiful town with a slightly demanding terrain and a unique view of the whole Dordogne Valley as a reward when you finally reach the top, which is also accessible by car. More information from the local tourist office on 0553 317 100.


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