Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (‘Les Eyzies’) and its surrounding area is one of the most interesting, fascinating and beautiful places in the world. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
More than 460,000 years ago, our ancestors settled in the lush green Vézère valley. The Vézère River crosses Périgord Noir and joins the river Dordogne at Limeuil, 17kms from Les Eyzies.
In and around the village of Les Eyzies are a series of prehistoric rock dwellings; the caves include some of the most significant archaeological finds of the Upper Palaeolithic and Middle Palaeolithic periods (200,000 to 40,000 years ago), they are especially noted for their extensive cave wall drawings.
Les Eyzies is ideally situated in the Vézère valley which contains 147 prehistoric sites and 25 decorated caves and is home to the Musée national de Préhistoire (National Museum of Prehistory.) The area also contains several important archaeological sites, including the caves of Font-de-Gaume, Combarelles, Cap Blanc, Grand-Roc and the remarkable Lascaux prehistoric paintings.
Les Eyzies has a bustling, colourful weekly market on Mondays between April and October, and offers a fabulous choice of convivial restaurants, cafés and bars, all within just 5 mins drive from the Gîtes de St Christophe.