Pech Merle

Tour of Pech Merle Cave and Museum
Tuesday, September 23, 2025, 9:00 am
Pech Merle is a cave which under a hillside above Cabrerets in the Lot department of the Occitanie region in France, about 32 km by road east of Cahors. It is one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France that remains open to the general public. Extending over 2 kilometres over two levels, of which only 1,200 m (3,900 ft) are open to the public, are caverns, wells and sloping tunnels, the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years BC). Some of the paintings and engravings, however, may date from the later Magdalenian era (16,000 years BC).