Château de Castelnaud
The Villars cave, not to be missed during your holiday
This summer, head off to a superb campsite in the heart of the Dordogne to explore its innumerable treasures: castles, gardens, valleys... and prehistoric caves! That of Lascaux may be known throughout the world, but the Villars cave is also well worth a trip: it is not only one of the largest in the Périgord but it’s also the only one to have both prehistoric paintings and natural concretions. Totally enchanting!
And when you’re not off exploring, take time out to enjoy all your luxury campsite has to offer. Nights that are sublimely comfortable in a mobile home, totally authentic on a campsite pitch or delightfully quirky in a lodge tent, the choice is yours! And the same is true of your activity programme: outdoor sports, bike rides, Olympic tournaments with the family... And not forgetting the indisputable star of your campsite, its vast bathing area with swimming pools, waterslides and relaxing whirlpool baths for everyone and every age!
Visit the Villars cave with the family
After stopping off in Brantôme for a delightful country picnic, it’s the ideal moment to explore Villars and its famous prehistoric cave. If the kids are all “oohs and aahs” as they admire the immense stalactites, something tells us they’re going to love the prehistoric garden at the end of the visit!
As fun as it is educational, it reconstitutes everyday life at the time of Cro-Magnon man through a series of realistic scenes, quizzes and explanatory panels. During the Easter and late October holidays, you and the family will even be able to have a go at cave-painting or using a spear-thrower!
Visit the Villars cave as a couple
After admiring the lush green scenery so typical of the Dordogne, it’s time to head deep underground in the Périgord, first home of Cro-Magnon man!
Hand-in-hand, discover the fascinating décor of the Villars cave, made even more magical by the artistic lighting. In the company of a guide, your visit offers a chance to appreciate the impressive flowstones, stalactites and stalagmites along the 600m visitor trail. This then leads on to the chamber with the cave paintings where you’ll discover one of the rare representations of human form found in prehistoric art. A breathtaking moment!
Camping Villars cave: our handy tips for a successful stay
The temperature in the cave is around 13°C: don’t forget a warm jumper for your visit!
Good deal: throughout the year, buying a child’s ticket also entitles you to a free booklet of games!
Allow around 1hr 45min to visit both cave and garden. That leaves you ample time to explore the surrounding area!
So, did you get all that? On your return to the campsite, organise a family quiz to test your knowledge!