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Montignac

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Commune of New Aquitaine located in Dordogne, Montignac takes place in the middle of the valley of Vézère, in the east of the department. Known all over the world to welcome on its territory the famous caves of Lascaux, it is about twenty kilometers from Sarlat-la-Canéda, near Thenon and Auriac-du-Périgord.

Populated since the Palaeolithic, the city of Montignac develops in the Middle Ages with the construction of an important defensive fortress. Long known as a ford to cross the Vézère, it lives today mainly tourism.

In addition to an idyllic natural setting, Montignac is full of architectural monuments of great interest, and manages some of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, such as the Regourdou site and the Balutie deposit.

Geographical information

MunicipalityMontignac
Postcode24290
Latitude45.0643320 (N 45° 3’ 52”)
Longitude1.1613800 (E 1° 9’ 41”)
AltitudeFrom 73m to 273m
Surface area37.15 km²
Population2906 inhabitants
Density78 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePérigueux (38 mi, 47 min)
Insee code24291
IntercommunalityCC de la Vallée de l'Homme
DepartmentDordogne
TerritoryAquitaine, Périgord
RegionNew-Aquitaine

Nearest cities & towns

Aubas2.7 mi (9 min)
Valojoulx4.3 mi (10 min)
Les Farges4.5 mi (11 min)
Auriac-du-Périgord4.5 mi (9 min)
Thonac4.5 mi (10 min)
La Chapelle-Aubareil5 mi (12 min)
Sergeac5.7 mi (12 min)
Saint-Amand-de-Coly5.8 mi (13 min)
Condat-sur-Vézère6.7 mi (12 min)
Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère6.8 mi (14 min)
Le Lardin-Saint-Lazare7.4 mi (15 min)
La Bachellerie7.6 mi (15 min)
Saint-Geniès7.8 mi (13 min)
Fanlac8 mi (17 min)

Things to see and do

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site for prehistoric sites and caves adorned with the Vézère Valley and classified as a Historic Monument, the cave of Lascaux takes place in the commune of Montignac. It is forbidden to visit the site to protect the site. However, it reveals its mysteries at Lascaux 2 and Lascaux 4. Inside a cave reproduction, you can admire all the facsimiles from the site of origin and a International Center of Parietal Art. Exhibitions and conferences are regularly organized.

Also classified as a Historic Monument, the prehistoric site of the Regourdou is an ancient cave whose ceiling has today collapsed. Near the cave of Lascaux, it now hosts a bear park, as well as a museum exhibiting some of the discoveries made on the site. Other prehistoric sites also take place in Montignac, as the prehistoric deposit of La Balutie classified to the Historic Monuments.

Built in the 13th century and partly refurbished in the 20th century, Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens church is listed in the Historic Monuments for its bell tower dating from the 14th century. Inside, you can also admire a 17th century painting by Juan Sánchez Cotán, The Death of Saint Bruno, classified as a Historic Monument.

Several castles take place in Montignac, like the one of Coulonges, of the XIVe and XVIe centuries, inscribed in the Historic Monuments or that of Montignac, the former stronghold of the Counts of Périgord. Do not miss the Bouilhac hotel, dating back to the 17th century, listed as a Historic Monument, or the former Saint-Jean Hospital, also listed.

As you walk through the city, you can see a group of old houses listed on the Monuments Historiques and located on the Quai Merilhou, or the 19th century Duchêne house.

The Vézère Valley offers many outdoor activities and offers many hiking trails to explore the local fauna and flora or the architectural heritage of the surrounding area.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments

Events and festivities

Weather

Friday 20 july
Min. 17°C - Max. 24°C
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Saturday 21 july
Min. 15°C - Max. 25°C
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Sunday 22 july
Min. 14°C - Max. 28°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit Losse Castle and Gardens
Culture and education7 € to 9 € Thonac (3.6 mi)
4x4 sightseeing tour of Périgord
Nature and the great outdoors42 € Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (9 mi)
Guided tour of a truffle wood in Périgord
Local flavours6 € to 10 € Saint-Cyprien (14 mi)
Canoe or kayak hire in the Dordogne
Sports sensations15 € to 25 € Carsac-Aillac (16.5 mi)
Hermit’s Maze
Entertainment5 € to 7 € Domme (16.9 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Boucle of Rouffignac
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h00Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (9 mi)
Loop Limeuil
HikeIntermediate4h30Limeuil (18.2 mi)
Historic walk in Lanmary Forest
HikeIntermediate5h00Antonne-et-Trigonant (19.1 mi)
Saint-Michel d'Auberoche Chapel
HikeIntermediate4h00Antonne-et-Trigonant (19.1 mi)
From Saint-Mesmin to the Savignac-Lédrier forges
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Mesmin (20 mi)

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