The caves of Lacave are located in a small village of the same name, in the department of Lot (46), only 50km from our campsite in Dordogne.
In May 1905, Armand Viré came across a natural cavity (also called an igue) in the commune of Lacave.
The access was originally through a 64 meters deep well, he decided to create a new access by digging the rock, this in order to be able to make it possible to visit these caves.
The first visitors will discover the caves of Lacave from September 1905, its underground lakes, its underground river, its concretions, its dome… A journey into the bowels of the Earth to discover an underground world dating from the Middle and Upper Jurassic, and extending over 1600 meters.
A small electric train allows to go to the main room by an underground passage dug in the rock.
The underground guided tour of the magnificent rooms is done on foot.
One of them offers a 60 meter high dome with concretions and many lakes highlighted, while the other one covers an area of 2000 m² with natural fluorescent concretions among others.
You will be amazed once inside the site and this visit must be done in addition to the other magnificent ones. caves of Dordogne ! Here, no cave art or prehistoric engravings like in the Lascaux cave, but stalactites and a real caving paradise! The place is more similar to the Pech Merle cave or the Padirac chasm in the Dordogne valley.
The caves of Lacave are open to the public from February to November.
The rate is between 6 and 11 € depending on the age or situation of the person.
A family pass (2 adults and 2 children) and a family pass plus (2 adults and 3 children) is available at the reception desk at an attractive rate. Don’t hesitate to ask for it!
The site is located 9 kilometers from Rocamadour and Souillac, 35 kilometers from Sarlat and 50 kilometers from La Fage campsite.
Concerts are regularly offered each summer on the site.
A documentary made in 2012 tells the story of the Lacave cave and its discovery in the heart of the Dordogne. The film is called “A journey out of time” and is available on DVD.