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“Prehistory”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Les Combarelles

Les Combarelles
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Greenwich, New York
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153 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Prehistory”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

Again, a must see for people who are interested in prehistory. It is a wonderful place, one of the few still open, it takes your breath away to see what our ancestors left on cave walls, thousands of years ago.

Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Simply Unbelievable”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

In October I spent 8 days on a National Geographic Expedition visiting caves and archeological sites in Southern France and Northwestern Spain. This was my favorite of all the sites. The cave experience itself is different from the more typical large open caverns which the public usually sees, being only about 3 feet wide and not much more than 6 feet high. This puts you nose to nose with the 100's of engraved animals. The guide we had was excellent, using a red light to point out the lines which form the animals. The sheer number of engravings is astonishing. If you have any interest at all in prehistoric art, this is one you should see. (There are no photos to share because you cannot take photos inside the cave.)

Visited October 2013
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Columbia, MD
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135 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“France's Best Cave for Prehistoric Engravings”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Les Combarelles cave, some 300 meters long (but only one meter wide!) contains more than 600 engravings carved some 13,000 years ago by our immediate ancestors.

No cave in France is its equal for Cro-Magnon engravings. You'll be pleasantly surprised how equally awe-inspiring these "lowly" engravings can be in contrast to the flashier polychrome paintings at Font-de-Gaume! Lifelike raindeer abound, as do horses, cave bears, cave lions, and woolly mammoths. Symbols, still unexplained, may also be seen.

Guides who speak English are available. But be warned: only 40 visitors a day are permitted entry, so that means you'll have to be up bright and early to get an entrance ticket (at nearby Font-de-Gaume). And, beginning sometime in 2014, no advance tickets will be available.

Do go before it's too late!

Visited October 2013
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Unknown gem”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We booked this when at FdG and did not expect to much, however it turned out to be our favourite of the two as the bear and lioness are so clear, and the face carvings are quite spooky.

Visited August 2013
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Roseville, Minnesota
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great prehistoric etchings”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

You get your tickets as you do for Font De Gaume (see my review). Only 44 people may visit this cave a day - in groups of 7. There are no "english speaking tours", but our guide spoke english and gave us some commentary in English. You get amazingly close to the etchings- some, such as the lion, are spectacular. Guide was very good. This is a cave in which yoou have to stoop a great deal. great experience - if you waitin line for tickets for font de gaume, you should do this one as well.

Visited August 2013
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